Juozas Olekas is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2019, and the Head of the Lithuanian delegation in the S&D group. Mr. Olekas participates in the work of the Agriculture and Rural Development, the Foreign Affairs Committees and in the work of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence.
From 1996 till 2019 Mr. Juozas Olekas was a member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, where he was a representative of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. Previously, he was the Minister of Health (1990-1992 and 2003-2004) and the Minister of National Defense (2006-2008 and 2012-2016).
Member of the European Parliament