The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced on September 24 that Lithuania’s former defence minister, Rasa Jukneviciene, a member of the conservative party of the Lithuanian Christian Democrats, has succeeded her Italian predecessor Paolo Alli as NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly President after the latter’s national mandate had come to an end.
“I am honoured by the confidence placed in me by my parliamentary colleagues, and would like to pay tribute to Paolo Alli for his outstanding service and leadership,” Jukneviciene said in an official press release from the Western alliance.
Jukneviciene indicated that she intends to discuss with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and other top officials ways to enhance NATO’s abilities to counter the main challenges that the alliance faces today.
“At a time when our countries face an unprecedented set of challenges, strengthening our unique alliance and Trans-Atlantic ties is essential,” said Jukneviciene, before adding that she intends to “visit some of NATO’s closest partners and aspirants to demonstrate our support for the alliance’s open door policy and highlight partners’ contributions in addressing our common challenges”.
Jukneviciene has served at various times as the head of the Lithuanian parliamentary delegation to NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly since 1999. From 2008 and 2012 she served as Vilnius’ defence minister.