Kestutis Rekerta was a policy officer for the European Commission. He joined the European Commission in 2007 after much work in the Lithuanian government. Rekerta began working as assistant to the advisor for the EU (European Union) PHARE (Pologne et Hongrie – Aide á Restructruation Economique) project on local authorities in 1993. He then moved on to work as Chief Expert for Public Service Reform, and then later as Head of the Central Management Unit in Lithuania’s Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Local Authorities. After this position, he was appointed head of the Strategic Planning Commission, and later moved on to be director of the Strategic Planning and Public Administration Department. It was following this work in Lithuania that Rekerta joined the European Commission.