| Juozas Olekas |
|Born||30 October 1955|
Lithuanian Defence Minister who reintroduced conscription
Juozas Olekas is a Lithuanian surgeon and politician, a former Minister of National Defence, from 2006 to 2008. In 1990 and from 2003 to 2004 he also served as the Health Minister. In 2019 he was elected to the European Parliament.
Between 1994 and 1997 he was a chief physician at the Vilnius University hospital.
As Lithuanian Defence Minister, Olekas stated in 2015 that "changed geopolitical situation and insufficient manning of units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces leads to a temporary reintroduction of conscription... The development of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will remain directed at professional military service, however, today we lack professional soldiers so a compound model will be introduced for the coming 5 years.”