|Prime Minister of Latvia|
12 March 2009
|Preceded by||Ivars Godmanis|
|Member of the European Parliament|
20 July 2004 – 11 March 2009
|Succeeded by||Liene Liepiņa|
|Minister of Finance|
7 November 2002 – 9 March 2004
|Preceded by||Gundars Bērziņš|
|Succeeded by||Oskars Spurdziņš|
5 August 1971 |
Riga, Soviet Union
|Political party||Unity (2011–present)|
|New Era Party (2002-2011)|
|Alma mater||University of Latvia
Riga Technical University
Valdis Dombrovskis (born 5 August 1971) is a Latvian politician who has been Prime Minister of Latvia since 2009. 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 
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.
Political activity 
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).
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.
On 26 February 2009, following the resignation of Ivars Godmanis, President Valdis Zatlers nominated Dombrovskis to succeed Godmanis as Prime Minister. 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.
He is the longest-serving Prime Minister of Latvia.
See also 
- "Dombrovskis chosen as Latvian PM". BBC News. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
- "Arrivée à Lomé des députés européens", Republicoftogo.com, 11 October 2007 (French).
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