Siim Kallas

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Siim Kallas
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European Commissioner for Transport
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Antonio Tajani
European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
In office
22 November 2004 – 9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Neil Kinnock (Administrative Reform)
Succeeded by Maroš Šefčovič (Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration)
Algirdas Šemeta (Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud)
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
In office
1 May 2004 – 22 November 2004
Served with Joaquín Almunia
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Pedro Solbes
Succeeded by Joaquín Almunia
Prime Minister of Estonia
In office
28 January 2002 – 10 April 2003
President Arnold Rüütel
Preceded by Mart Laar
Succeeded by Juhan Parts
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 November 1995 – 21 November 1996
Prime Minister Tiit Vähi
Preceded by Riivo Sinijärv
Succeeded by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Personal details
Born (1948-10-02) 2 October 1948 (age 65)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Communist Party (Before 1991)
Reform Party (1994–present)
Alma mater University of Tartu

Siim Kallas (born 2 October 1948 in Tallinn) is an Estonian politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Transport. He is also one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission. He has been nominated as commissioner for Transport and vice-president in the second Barroso Commission.[1]

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 – present after he took up his seat.[2][3]

Education[edit]

  • 1967–1972 Budget and Finance, University of Tartu, M.Sc.
  • 1968–1972 The military department of the University of Tartu, Lieutenant
  • 1972–1975 Economics of environmental protection, University of Tartu, Kandidat Nauk (PhD).

Career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

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.

References[edit]

European Parliament Answers to Commissioner Designate M. Kallas

  1. ^ Bloomberg.com
  2. ^ EU Observer – Six Commissioners Head for EU Election Campaign Trail
  3. ^ KUNA – Barroso announces caretaker replacements following resignation of 4 EU Commissioners

External link and sources[edit]

Media related to Siim Kallas at Wikimedia Commons

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–present
Incumbent
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–present
Incumbent