The candidate is being proposed to the government by the Foreign Ministry. Under the draft resolution, he would assume the new duties on December 1 and would replace Arturas Zurauskas whose term expires last summer.
A lawyer by education, Latakas started working for the Foreign Ministry in 1991 and later entered the business sector for a short period of time and also lectured.
He returned to the diplomatic service in 2005 and served as chancellor of the Foreign Ministry in 2011-2013 and then worked as chancellor of the Energy Ministry in 2013-2014. He later served as Lithuania's ambassador to Azerbaijan.
In Lithuania, ambassadors are appointed and dismissed by the president on the foreign minister's nomination and upon approval of the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and the government.