Valdis Dombrovskis

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Valdis Dombrovskis
Valdis Dombrovskis 2009.jpg
Prime Minister of Latvia
In office
12 March 2009 – 22 January 2014
President Valdis Zatlers
Andris Bērziņš
Preceded by Ivars Godmanis
Succeeded by Laimdota Straujuma
Minister of Finance
In office
7 November 2002 – 9 March 2004
Prime Minister Einars Repše
Preceded by Gundars Bērziņš
Succeeded by Oskars Spurdziņš
Personal details
Born (1971-08-05) 5 August 1971 (age 42)
Riga, Soviet Union
(now Latvia)
Political party New Era Party (2002–2011)
Unity (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Ārija Dombrovska
Alma mater University of Latvia
Riga Technical University
Signature
Photo of Prime Minister of Latvia, Valdis Dombrovskis (left) and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon (right)

Valdis Dombrovskis (born 5 August 1971) is a Latvian politician who served as Prime Minister of Latvia from 2009 until 2013, when he resigned.[1] He served as Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004 and was a Member of the European Parliament for the New Era Party.

Education and science career[edit]

Born in Riga to a family with Polish roots, Dombrovskis earned a bachelor's degree in economics for engineers from Riga Technical University in 1995 and a master's degree in physics from the University of Latvia in 1996. He worked as a laboratory assistant at the Institute of Physics of the University of Mainz in Mainz, Germany, from 1995 to 1996, as an assistant at the University of Latvia's Institute of Solid-State Physics in 1997, and as a research assistant at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1998.[citation needed]

Political activity[edit]

Dombrovskis has been a Member of the Board of the New Era Party since 2002. He was Minister of Finance of Latvia from 2002 to 2004 and a Member of the Latvian Parliament during its 8th parliamentary term (2002–2004). Then he was Observer at the Council of the European Union (2003–2004).[citation needed]

As Member of the European Parliament, Dombrovskis was a member of three European Parliament Committees: Committee on Budgets, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a Substitute at Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Committee on Budgetary Control and delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.[citation needed]

Dombrovskis was also one of six Members of the European Parliament participating in the European Union's observer mission in Togo for the October 2007 Togolese parliamentary election.[2]

On 26 February 2009, following the resignation of Ivars Godmanis, President Valdis Zatlers nominated Dombrovskis to succeed Godmanis as Prime Minister.[1] It was believed that his government would consist of three of the four previously governing parties (all but Godmanis' LPP/LC), his own New Era Party, and a smaller right-wing party (the Civic Union); the government was approved on 12 March 2009.[3]

Resignation[edit]

Dombrovskis resigned as Prime Minister on 27 November 2013 following the Riga supermarket roof collapse in which 54 people were killed. He announced that a new government is needed with support from the parliament after the tragedy and all related circumstances. His spokesman said that "the government takes political responsibility for the tragedy", while the country's president Andris Bērziņš called "on all who look to the future to assess their responsibility and act accordingly".[4] He denied the president had urged him to step down, stating that he had considered the decision for days and that the country needs government with strong support in parliament in the moment of crisis.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dombrovskis chosen as Latvian PM". BBC News. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Arrivée à Lomé des députés européens", Republicoftogo.com, 11 October 2007 (French).
  3. ^ http://www.javno.com/en-world/latvia-government-named-differences-emerge_239733
  4. ^ Latvian government falls over Riga supermarket disaster, BBC News, 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Dombrovskis uzņemas atbildību par traģēdiju Zolitūdē - krīt valdība" (in Latvian). delfi.lv. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gundars Bērziņš
Minister of Finance
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Oskars Spurdziņš
Preceded by
Ivars Godmanis
Prime Minister of Latvia
2009–2014
Succeeded by
Laimdota Straujuma