She initially served as the EU's European Commissioner for Education and Culture until 11 November 2004, when she was named European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget within the 'New Era Regime' formed by the José Manuel Barroso-led European Commission. Miss Grybauskaitė officially announced her candidacy for the 2009 presidential election on February 26th, 2009. Her first presidential visits abroad were made to Sweden and Latvia in 2009.
When Miss Grybauskaitė assumed presidential duties on 12 July 2009, and accepted only half of her presidential salary of 312,000 litas.
Miss Grybauskaitė is unmarried and has no children. Other than her native Lithuanian, she is fluent in both English, Russian and Polish. she also possesses a black belt in karate.
Dalia Grybauskaitė has received the following national and international awards:
- The Commander's Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas- 2003,
- The Order of Vytautas the Great with the Golden Chain- 2009,
- Glamour magazine Woman of the Year- 2010,
- The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav- 2011.