Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš
|Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš|
|Member of the European Parliament for Latvia|
14 July 2009 – present
|Minister for Economics of Latvia|
2 December 2004 – 7 April 2006
|Prime Minister||Aigars Kalvītis|
|Preceded by||Juris Lujāns|
|Succeeded by||Aigars Štokenbergs|
13 December 1964 |
Wilmington, Delaware United States
|Political party||New Era Party (2002–2011)
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Kariņš was born in Wilmington, Delaware, United States to a Latvian American family. In 1996, he finished a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Soon after, he moved to Latvia, where he founded a company Lāču ledus, a producer and distributor of ice and frozen foods.
He was one of the founders of the New Era Party in 2002 and was elected to the Saeima in October of that year. Kariņš served as the chairman of the parliamentary faction of New Era from 2002 to 2004 and the Minister for Economics in the First Kalvītis cabinet from December 2004 to April 2006. In March 2007, he became one of two co-leaders of New Era (together with Einars Repše).
In July 2009 he became a MEP. He is a Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, substitute in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and substitute in the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect. In the Parliament he is part of the European People's Party which is the biggest political grouping the parliament. He is a member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.
- "MEP profile: Arturs Krišjānis KARIŅŠ". European Parliament. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- "About Us – Reconciliation of European Histories Group". Reconciliation of European Histories Group. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
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