Born December 8, 1956, in Vilnius (Lithuania).
Graduated from Vilnius State University, Faculty of Physics, in 1979. In 1979-1990 he worked as a scientific researcher at the same Faculty of Physics.
Secretary-in-Charge of the Lithuanian Proindependence Reform Movement Sajūdis in 1990-1992.
Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (1992-2019). Served as the First Deputy Speaker of Seimas, Chairman of Committee on European Affairs, Leader of Opposition. Twice the Prime Minister (1999-2000 and 2008-2012) of Lithuania.
Chairman of various intraparliamentary groups in the European Parliament: Lithuania Caucus in the EP, Baltic Caucus in the EP, EU Neighbourhood East Forum, Friends of European Russia Forum. Author of international Initiatives “Marshall Plan for Ukraine” (later – “European Plan for Ukraine”), “Trio Strategy For The Future of Eastern Partnership”, “Western Strategy Towards Russia”.
Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (2003-2015).
Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Humanities University. Member of the International Advisory Council, IRI, USA; member of the Advisory Board, EuroGrowth Initiative, Atlantic Council, USA. Member of the International Advisory Council of Reforms to the President of Ukraine (2015-2019). Member, International Advisory Board, Baltic Development Forum (2001-2008), Deputy Chair, International Advisory Board, Centrum Balticum Foundation, Finland (2016), member of the Honorary Board, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
Publications: author of books “Kodėl krepšinis Lietuvoje yra gražesnis už politiką “(Why Basketball Appeals More Than Politics in Lithuania), 2004; “Konservatyvioji bendruomenė” (The Conservative Community), 2006; “Dešinioji alternatyva: sėkmės Lietuva” (The Right Alternative: Lithuanian Success Story), 2003; “Mūsų geopolitika: sėkmės Lietuva” (Our Geopolitics: Lithuanian Success Story), 2014.
Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, Russian.
Hobbies: reading, classical music, cycling and other outdoor activities.
Married with two sons and 3 grandchildren.