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Vilija Blinkevičiūtė

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Vilija Blinkevičiūtė
Blinkevičiūtė in 2012
Chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania
Assumed office
29 May 2021
Preceded byGintautas Paluckas
Member of European Parliament
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Member of the Seimas
In office
17 November 2008 – 28 June 2009
In office
15 November 2004 – 17 November 2008
Minister for Social Security and Labour
In office
9 November 2000 – 9 December 2008
Prime MinisterRolandas Paksas
Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas
Gediminas Kirkilas
Preceded byIrena Degutienė
Succeeded byRimantas Dagys
Personal details
Born (1960-03-03) 3 March 1960 (age 64)
Linkuva, Lithuania
Political partyLSDP (2006–present)
Other political
NS (2000–2006)
Alma materVilnius University
WebsiteEU Personal Profile

Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (born 3 March 1960) is a Lithuanian lawyer and populist politician, Member of the European Parliament and former long-term Minister for Social Security and Labour. Blinkevičiūtė is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania since 2006.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Blinkevičiūtė was born in Linkuva, Lithuania. After graduation with honours from Linkuva Secondary School, she entered law faculty of the Vilnius State University, from which she graduated in 1983, having obtained the qualification of Master of Laws.

Political career[edit]

Since 1983, Blinkevičiūtė has dedicated all her professional life to working in the Ministry of Social Security and Labour until she turned to politics and became a Vice Minister of Social Security and Labour in 1996.

In 2000 Blinkevičiūtė was appointed as Minister for Social Security and Labour, first in the government of Prime Minister Rolandas Paksas. She remained in the post until 2008.[1]

Between 2004 and 2009 Blinkevičiūtė was member of Seimas.

In 2021 she won the 2021 Social Democratic Party of Lithuania leadership election and became the chairwoman of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party.[3]

2008 Crisis[edit]

On the eve of the 2008 economic crisis, she was the Minister of Social Security and Labour. The Budget and Finance Committee of Seimas, established 11 years later, which investigated the causes of the crisis, accused Blinkevičiūtė of "reckless increase of pensions" and violations of fiscal discipline, which contributed to the deep economic recession in the country.[4]

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present[edit]

Blinkevičiūtė was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and in 2014, as the representative of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania. In the European Parliament, she belongs to the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

Following the 2014 elections, Blinkevičiūtė became a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM); she was elected the Chair of the committee in January 2017.

In addition, Blinkevičiūtė is a full member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and of the Delegation to Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and a substitute member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. She also belongs to the Intergroup on Disability and the Intergroup on Children’s Rights[5] and to the Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.[6]


In 2004 Blinkevičiūtė was bestowed with the Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania.


  1. ^ a b "Vilija Blinkevičiūtė" (in Lithuanian). Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Vilija BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ MEP Blinkevičiūtė wins leadership of Lithuania's social democrats
  4. ^ Paaiškėjo pirmosios krizės tyrimo išvados: kliuvo bankams ir prezidentei
  5. ^ Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights European Parliament.
  6. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

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