Rokas Masiulis, head of Klaipėdos Nafta, has been appointed Lithuania's energy minister on Monday, the president's press service said. President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the decree on his appointments upon the submission of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.
Rokas Masiulis
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The prime minister told the national television LRT that Masiulis had been presented by leader of the Labour Party, Speaker of the Seimas Loreta Gaužinienė.

"I met the Seimas speaker recently and she presented the candidate for energy minister. Rokas Masiulis, head of Klaipėdos Nafta, is the candidate," the prime minister said.

In his words, Masiulis is competent and has good knowledge of the international energy system and energy projects being implemented in Lithuania.

"First of all, it was agreed that a new energy minister must be competent, not a novice, and have good knowledge of the international energy system, and also of projects being implemented in Lithuania. I hope this person (Masiulis – BNS) will continue being responsible for the implementation of the LNG terminal project," Butkevičius said.

Masiulis has served as head of Klaipėdos Nafta since 2010. The company is responsible for the implementation of the LNG terminal project. He previously worked for international audit companies and was director of a financial services company.

Masiulis studies economics in Vilnius University and has a BA degree in international relations and political sciences.

The Labour Party had said earlier it would announce candidates for energy minister during the party council's sitting on Monday night.

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