(b. 20 September 1961)
Šarūnas Birutis is currently the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
He is also a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, a member of the Committees on Education, Science and Culture and European Affairs.
Previously he was a member of the Vilnius City Council and from 2004 to 2009 he served as a member of the European Parliament, Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), European Energy Forum and FORATOM.
Mr. Birutis studied economics at the Vilnius University and law at the Law University of Lithuania. From 1990 until 1999 he worked in private sector developing publishing and tourism businesses, from 1999 until 2002 headed the Small and Medium-Size Enterprises Division at the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.
Before his appointment as the Minister of Culture, Mr. Birutis in 2002-2003 was the representative of the Lithuanian Union of Industrial Employers to the Parliament and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania; in 2003-2004 was appointed by the Prime Minister member to the State Commission on Gambling Supervision. Since October 2009 he was the representative of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists to the Parliament and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.
Mr. Birutis was also the President of the Baltic-Indian Chambers of Commerce and the Vice-president of the Lithuanian-Indian Forum.
Honours: letters of appreciation for making a great contribution to Lithuania‘s negotiations with the European Union, received from the Minister of Economics and the Director General of the European Committee; honorary decorations from the European Parliament, the Lithuanian Industrialists Confederation and the Lithuanian Association of Apparel and Textile Industry.
The Minister is married and has one child.
In addition to Lithuanian (his mother tongue), he is fluent in English and Russian