09:00 – 09:45 – Welcome Speeches

Linas Linkevičius

Linas Linkevičius is a long-standing Lithuanian politician and the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2012 and a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas). Throughout his career, L. Linkevičius served as the Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus, the Permanent Representative to NATO, held the position of the Minister of Defense (1993 – 1996 and 2000 – 2004). From 1992 to 1996 he was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament where he worked as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly.

Stefano Manservisi

Mr Manservisi was appointed as DEVCO's Director-General on 4 May 2016. He brings with him a wealth of expertise gathered over the years at senior management positions within the EU institutions, first at DG DEV, then at DG HOME, but also as Head of the EU Delegation in Turkey or most recently as Head of Cabinet for Federica Mogherini. His close ties with the EEAS and his knowledge of the development context and experience of field work will be vital in helping the European Commission achieve the ambitious goals set forth in the Agenda 2030.  

Arnoldas Pranckevičius

Arnoldas Pranckevičius is the Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania.  Before joining the Commission in October 2016, he spent 11 years at the European Parliament, serving as diplomatic adviser to EP Presidents Martin Schulz and Jerzy Buzek, advising them on Russia, Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans and Asia, coordinating the work of Cox-Kwasniewski mission in Ukraine, working in the Committee for Foreign Affairs and with the Interparliamentary delegations. In 2004-2006 served as Lithuania's President Adamkus’ domestic policy adviser. Holds EU affairs MA from Sciences Po Paris and International relations BA from Colgate University, USA.


Asta Skaisgirytė

Asta Skaisgirytė is the Political director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. She joined the Diplomatic Service in 1993. Since then she assumed a number of positions both at home and abroad. Asta Skaisgirytė served as the Lithuanian ambassador to France, Israel and the United Kingdom. She was also accredited as a non-resident ambassador to Tunisia, Ethiopia and the Republic of South Africa. In 2013-17 she represented the MFA as observer to the African Union.