Katrin Saks

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Katrin Saks (born November 29, 1956 in Tallinn) is an Estonian politician, currently vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party. From 1999 to 2002, she was Minister of Population Affairs in the cabinet of Mart Laar. In October 2006 she became Member of the European Parliament, replacing Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who had been elected President of Estonia. She lost her seat in 2009.


  • Estonian Diplomatic College, international relations and diplomacy (1993)
  • University of Tartu, journalism (1981)
  • Additional courses in Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the USA.

Professional Background[edit]

  • Concordia International University, lecturer (1998–2000)
  • Open Estonia Fund, project manager (1998–1999)
  • Estonian Television, programme director, member of the Board of Governors (1993–1997)
  • Estonian Television, journalist (1977–1997)

Political Work[edit]

  • Member of the European Parliament, Socialist Group (2006)
  • Member of the Estonian Parliament (2003–2006),
  • Member, European Union Affairs Committee; Vice-chairman, Cultural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Estonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

rapporteur on Finno-Ugric peoples in the Russian Federation (2003–2006)

  • Government of the Republic of Estonia, minister (1999–2002)


  • Möödukad Party (predecessor of the SDE) (1988), Vice-Chairman, SDE Party (2005).
  • Member, Broadcasting Council
  • Board of Trustees of Tartu University
  • Board of Trustees of the Estonian Music Academy
  • President, Union for Child Welfare


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Political offices
Preceded by
Andra Veidemann
Estonian Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs
Succeeded by
Eldar Efendijev