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Siim Kallas
Estonian politician

Siim Kallas

Siim Kallas
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Intro Estonian politician
Is Financial professional Politician Journalist Diplomat Banker
From Estonia
Field Finance Journalism Politics
Gender male
Birth 2 October 1948, Tallinn
Age 73 years
Family
Spouse: Kristi Kallas
Children: Kaja Kallas
Siim Kallas
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Biography

Siim Kallas (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈsiːm ˈkɑlˑɑs]; born 2 October 1948 in Tallinn) is an Estonian politician, who most recently served as European Commissioner for Transport between 2010 and 2014. Before that he was European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud between 2004 and 2009. In both Barroso Commissions he was also vice-president.
Kallas has been Prime Minister of Estonia, Estonian Minister of Finance, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union and member of the Riigikogu. Kallas is a member and former leader of the free-market liberal Estonian Reform Party. Kallas was a vice-president of Liberal International.
He was twice appointed Acting Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro in Olli Rehn's stead, from 19 April 2014 – 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament and from 1 July 2014 – 16 July 2014 after he took up his seat.

Education

  • 1966–1969 Budget and Finance, University of Tartu, B.Sc.
  • 1969–1972 Junior Sergeant, Soviet Armed Forces Corps of Signals.
  • 1972–1974 Economics of environmental protection, University of Tartu, M.Sc.
  • 1974-1977 Economics of environmental protection, University of Tartu, Kandidat Nauk (PhD).

Career

  • 1969-1972 : Signals officer in Soviet Army
  • 1975–1979: Specialist at the Finance Ministry Planning Committee of the Estonian SSR
  • 1979–1986: Joint Secretary of the Central Authority of the Savings Banks of the Estonian SSR.
  • 1986–1989: Deputy chief editor of the Communist Party of Estonia newspaper Rahva Hääl
  • 1989–1991: Chairman of the Central Union of the Estonian Trade Unions
  • 1989–1991: Member of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union
  • 1991–1995: President of the Bank of Estonia
  • 1995–2004: Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Estonia
  • 1995–1996: Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1996: Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
  • 1999–2002: Minister of Finance
  • 2002–2003: Prime minister
  • 2004–2004: EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, serving with Joaquín Almunia
  • 2004–2010: EU Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud and Vice-president of the Commission
  • 2010–2014: EU Commissioner for Transport and Vice-president of the Commission

Personal life

Siim Kallas at the electromobility summit 2013 in Berlin

Language skills: Active: Estonian (mother tongue), English (primary working language), Russian (secondary working language), Finnish, German. Passive: French. Married to doctor Kristi Kallas; one son and one daughter Kaja, who is a member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). The ancestors of Siim Kallas were of Estonian and Baltic German origin. Kallas has been an active participant in the restoration of Estonian statehood.

Criticisms and drawbacks

Avoidance of tackling the issues in public caused him to renounce his candidacy to the office of Prime Minister of Estonia in 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rein Otsason
Chairperson of the Bank of Estonia
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Vahur Kraft
Preceded by
Riivo Sinijärv
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Preceded by
Niels Helveg Petersen
Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
1996
Succeeded by
Tarja Halonen
Preceded by
Mart Opmann
Minister of Finance
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Harri Õunapuu
Preceded by
Mart Laar
Prime Minister of Estonia
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Juhan Parts
New office Estonian European Commissioner
2004–2014
Succeeded by
Andrus Ansip
Preceded by
Pedro Solbes
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
2004
Served alongside: Joaquín Almunia
Succeeded by
Joaquín Almunia
Preceded by
Neil Kinnock
as European Commissioner for Administrative Reform
European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Maroš Šefčovič
as European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Succeeded by
Algirdas Šemeta
as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Preceded by
Antonio Tajani
European Commissioner for Transport
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Violeta Bulc

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