Chief Advisor to the President on national security, Valdemaras Sarapinas, said President Dalia Grybauskaitė took into consideration two attributes, professionalism and transparency, when appointing Rokas Masiulis as Minister of Energy.
Rokas Masiulis
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According to Sarapinas, party membership was not the main criteria for the president and she had appointed non-partisan candidates during her previous term of office.

"Rokas Masiulis fully satisfies both criteria, thus the president showed her continuous and consistent position. Masiulis' previous work speaks for his competence, especially his work on the implementation of the strategic liquefied natural gas terminal project. The mission that he stated "strong and independent energy sector" completely meets the vision of the head of state. Party membership has never been among the most important criteria for the president," the advisor told the Žinių Radijas radio.

As reported, Grybauskaitė appointed Masiulis as Energy Minister on Monday. Parliament Speaker and leader of the Labour Party Loreta Graužinienė said that Masiulis was proposed by the Labour Party, although he had not been mentioned as a potential candidate before.

The Labour Party, which convened for a sitting on Monday, also approved deputy ministers of communications, agriculture, culture and energy.

Former MP Algis Zvaliauskas was confirmed as Deputy Minister of Communications. Head of Energy Department at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has become Deputy Minister of Energy.

Agneta Lobacevskytė, member of the Secretariat of the Seimas speaker, was nominated as Deputy Minister of Culture and Vilius Martusevičius has been named Deputy Minister of Economy.

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