Rasa Juknevičienė

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Rasa Juknevičienė

Rasa Juknevičienė in Ukraine - 2018 (MUS0034) (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament for Lithuania
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Member of the Seimas
In office
25 November 1996 – 2 July 2019
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
24 March 2018 – 19 November 2018
Preceded byPaolo Alli
Succeeded byMadeleine Moon
Vice President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
21 November 2016 – 24 March 2018
Minister of National Defence
In office
9 December 2008 – 13 December 2012
PresidentValdas Adamkus
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Prime MinisterAndrius Kubilius
Preceded byJuozas Olekas
Succeeded byJuozas Olekas
Personal details
Born (1958-01-26) 26 January 1958 (age 62)
Tiltagaliai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyHomeland Union
Spouse(s)Rolandas Rastaustkas (divorced)
Zenonas Juknevičius

Rasa Juknevičienė (born 26 January 1958) is a Lithuanian politician and paediatrician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. She served as Minister of Defense of Lithuania since 2008 to 2012.[1] She is a member of center right Homeland Union.

Early life and education[edit]

Juknevičienė is a graduate of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and worked as a doctor until 1992.

Political career[edit]

Career in national politics[edit]

With interruptions, Juknevičienė was a member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) from 1996 until 2019. During her time in parliament, she held positions as Deputy Chair of the Committee on National Security and Defense; and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[2]

Juknevičienė has been member of the Lithuanian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 1999. She was rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships from 2007 to 2008. She served as the Assembly's Vice-President from 2016 until 2018, when she became President.

Member of the European Parliament, 2019–present[edit]

Since the 2019 European Parliament election, Juknevičienė has been serving on the Parliament's Committee on Development. In addition to her committee assignments, she is part of the MEPs Against Cancer group.[3]

Other activities[edit]


Preceded by
Henrikas Žukauskas
Member of the Seimas for Žaliakalnis
Succeeded by
Gabrielius Landsbergis (Centras-Žaliakalnis)