Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry appoints Ambassador-at-Large, who will be responsible for issues related to the Astravets NPP
On 4 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius appointed the diplomat Darius Degutis as Ambassador-at-Large, who will be responsible for issues related to the Astravets nuclear power plant (NPP). The Ambassador will aim to strengthen positions of responsible Lithuanian institutions and enhance coordination of actions towards the Belarusian NPP project at the national and international levels.
Degutis will offer suggestions for shaping Lithuania’s position on nuclear safety and environmental issues related to the Astravets NPP project, will provide proposals on Lithuania’s actions and measures, on presenting the situation at the national, regional and international levels, as well as will contribute to the coordination of actions of Lithuanian institutions.
The Ambassador will also present Lithuania’s position and mobilize the international community’s support, cooperate and exchange information with all domestic and foreign institutions, responsible for nuclear and radiation safety, and environmental issues, also governmental and non-governmental organizations, and parliaments.
The decision to appoint the Ambassador-at-Large, who will be responsible for issues related to the Astravets NPP, was taken at the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Energy on 3 January.
Degutis has worked at Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry since 1991. He has served in Lithuania’s diplomatic representations in Denmark and the United States of America. He is also the former Ambassador of Lithuania to Poland and Israel. Since August 2014, Degutis has served as the Ambassador-at-Large at the External Economic Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.