President Dalia Grybauskaitė

President Dalia Grybauskaitė


Dalia Grybauskaitė was born in Vilnius on 1 March 1956. She studied at Vilnius Salomėja Nėris Secondary School.

In 1983, she graduated political economy from the then Leningrad University.

In 1988, she defended her thesis at Moscow Academy of Public Sciences and received doctoral degree in economics. In 1993, the Research Council of Lithuania granted her an academic degree of doctor of social sciences.

In 1992, she completed a special six-month program for senior executives at Georgetown University in Washington.

In 1983, she worked as scientific secretary at the society "Žinija" under the Academy of Sciences.

She was Head of the Agriculture Division at Vilnius High Party School in 1983-1984, and later, from 1985 to 1990 - a lecturer at the Department of Political Economy.

In August 1990-1991, she was scientific secretary at the Lithuanian Institute of Economics under the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Lithuania.

In 1991, she became a program director in Prime Minister's office. The same year, she was appointed Director of the European Department at the Ministry of International Economic Relations.

In 1993, she served as Director of the Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1994, she was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU.

From 1996-1999, Dalia Grybauskaitė acted as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Lithuanian Embassy in the US.

She served as vice finance minister from 1999 to 2000, vice foreign minister from 2000 to 2001, and finance minister from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004, Dalia Grybauskaitė was appointed EU commissioner responsible for financial programming and budget.

In November 2005, she was elected Commissioner of the Year for her efforts to reform the EU budget.

Dalia Grybauskaitė serves as the president of Lithuania since July 12, 2009.

The President speaks four foreign languages: English, Russian, Polish, basic French.

State Decorations and Awards

In 2003, Dalia Grybauskaitė received the Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

On inauguration day, July 12, 2009, the President was awarded the Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Chain.

In 2011, she received the following state decorations: Latvia's Order of Three Stars, First Class, and the Chain; the Royal Norwegian Grand Cross of St. Olav; and the Icelandic Order of the Falcon, Grand Cross Star.

In 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations presented Dalia Grybauskaitė with the Ceres Medal.

In 2012, the President was awarded the Cross of Recognition by Latvia, Xirka Ġieħ ir-Repubblika by Malta, and Monaco's Grand Officer of the Order of Saint-Charles.

On May 9, 2013, President Dalia Grybauskaitė was presented the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize in the German city of Aachen.

On May 18, 2013, she was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, at Georgetown University (United States).

In 2013, Dalia Grybauskaitė received the Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland with Collar, the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (Estonia), the Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Order of Queen Tamar (Georgia).

On November 7, 2014, the President accepted the Golden Victoria award presented to the Baltic States for the promotion of European ideas.

On March 21, 2015, she received Ukraine’s Person of the Year 2014 award.

In 2015, the President was awarded the Order of the Republic (Moldova), the Royal Order of the Seraphim (Sweden), and the Collar pro Merito Melitensi by the Order of Malta.

On 29 February 2016, President Borut Pahor of Slovenia awarded Dalia Grybauskaitė with the Order for Exceptional Merits in recognition of Lithuania’s special contribution to advancing Slovenian sovereignty.

On 18 May 2016, she received the Order of the Star of Romania (Collar).

On 5 September 2017, she was presented with the Peregrinatio Lourdensis medal by the Sovereign Order of Malta.

On 12 January 2018, the President was awarded the Medal of the Baltic Assembly for upholding the unity and cooperation of the Baltic States.

On 13 June 2018, the President received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

On 7 December 2018, the President received the Order of Liberty for special merits and a civil society award for her committed support to the people of Ukraine.

On 21 February 2019, the President received the Order of the White Eagle, the highest state award of Poland.

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