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Virginijus Sinkevičius

COMMISSIONER (2019-2024)  

Virginijus Sinkevičius
Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Email: cab-sinkevicius-contactatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (cab-sinkevicius-contact[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Address: Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200, 1049 Brussels, Belgium

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  • Ensuring the environment, oceans and fisheries remain at the core of the European Green Deal.
  • Presenting a new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: from Natura2000, deforestation, species and habitats, to sustainable seas and oceans.
  • Delivering on the Commission’s zero-pollution ambition, including air and water quality and hazardous chemicals.
  • Leading on a Circular Economy Action Plan to promote the use of sustainable resources.
  • Promoting plastic-free oceans and proper implementation of legislation on plastics, particularly microplastics.   
  • Ensuring full implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.
  • Effective control and enforcement and respecting the maximum sustainable yield objective.
  • Evaluating the Common Fisheries Policy by 2022, including the social dimension, climate adaptation and clean oceans.
  • Contributing to the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy on sustainable food, maximizing the potential of sustainable seafood and the aquaculture sector.
  • Promoting international ocean governance, playing a lead role in international discussions.
  • Ensuring Europe leads the way to an ambitious agreement at the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Taking a zero-tolerance approach to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Contributing to WTO discussions on a global agreement to ban fisheries subsidies that cause overfishing, illegal fishing and overcapacity.
  • Developing a new approach for a sustainable blue economy drawing on research, maritime spatial planning, marine renewable energy, blue investment and regional cooperation. 

Mission letter

President von der Leyen's mission letter to Virginijus Sinkevičius


European Parliament hearings

Virginijus Sinkevičius' answers to the European Parliament questionnaire


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  1. 2019 - present
    European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
  2. 2017-2019
    Minister of Economy and Innovation, Lithuania
  3. 2016-2019
    Member of the Parliament, Lithuania
  4. 2016-2017
    Chair of the Parliament Economics Committee, Lithuania
  5. 2016-2019
    Deputy Leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union
  6. 2016
    Team Leader of the Group for Regulatory Affairs, Invest Lithuania
  7. 2015-2016
    Project Coordinator, Lithuanian Airports
Virginijus Sinkevičius' biography


Declaration of interests

12 APRIL 2024
Declaration of interests - Virginijus Sinkevičius