President of the Republic of Lithuania

President submits Gediminas Grina’s candidacy for General Director of the State Security Department

Tuesday, Match 23, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed a decree submitting the candidacy of Lieutenant Colonel Gediminas Grina, Deputy Director of the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defense, for parliamentary approval as General Director of the State Security Department.

According to the President, Lt. Col. Grina's experience in intelligence and counter-intelligence as well as in international relations and diplomacy would be useful not only in restructuring the State Security Department, but also the national intelligence system.

Since 2005 Lt. Col. Grina has been serving as Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Second Investigation Department. He was Defense Attaché to the United States and Canada; he studied at the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University in Washington and took extension courses at a number of NATO and foreign military schools. In 2005 Lt. Col. Grina was awarded the USA Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service and for strengthening the bonds of military-to-military friendship between Lithuania and the United States of America; he is also the recipient of NATO and Lithuanian military medals.

During her meeting with Lt. Col. Gediminas Grina, President Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined the need to make an objective assessment of the situation in the State Security Department, depoliticize its activities and ensure that the State Defense Council's requirements are fulfilled effectively.

The President pointed out that the new general director faced the difficult challenge of restructuring the State Security Department activities in line with the State Defense Council's new concept for strengthening the control and coordination of intelligence. She further stressed that the Department's work had to be organized in such a way that those politicians who were responsible for national and economic security would receive timely information necessary for decision making. The relevance of such information would be also determined by the State Defense Council.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.03.23 10:55