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Guntars Krasts

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Guntars Krasts
Krasts in 2011
14th Prime Minister of Latvia
In office
7 August 1997 – 26 November 1998
PresidentGuntis Ulmanis
Preceded byAndris Šķēle
Succeeded byVilis Krištopans
Minister of the Economy
In office
21 December 1995 – 7 August 1997
Prime MinisterAndris Šķēle
Preceded byJānis Zvanītājs
Succeeded byAtis Sausnītis
Member of the European Parliament
for Latvia
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-10-16) 16 October 1957 (age 66)
Riga, Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic
Political partyFor Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK (until 2008)
Libertas Latvia (2008–2010)
Latvian Association of Regions (since 2018)
Alma materUniversity of Latvia

Guntars Krasts (born 16 October 1957) is a Latvian politician, former Prime Minister, and former Member of the European Parliament for the single Latvia constituency. Born in Riga, he was the Minister of Economy of Latvia from December 1995 to August 1997, Prime Minister of Latvia from August 1997 to November 1998, and the Deputy Prime Minister from November 1998 to June 1999. Krasts was a member of Saeima, the Latvian parliament, from June 1999 until being elected to the European Parliament in 2004.[1]

Guntars Krasts in the European institutions[edit]

Guntars Krasts was elected in the 2004 Euroelections as MEP for the single Latvia constituency as a member of For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK.[2] He sits with the Union for a Europe of Nations group (UEN).[3] He left For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK in February 2008 but joined no other party.[2][4][5] As of 31 March 2009, his European Parliament profile shows no national party membership.[3]

On 28 March 2008, Libertas Latvia gave a press conference in which Krasts was named as the head of the Libertas Latvia list.[6] The list would total eight candidates to contend the nine seats assigned to the single Latvia constituency.[6] In the EP elections of 2009, the Libertas.lv list fell short of entering parliament, receiving 4,3% of the vote.

Later activities[edit]

After the elections, Krasts distanced himself from politics, working in a United Nations and European Union project in Moldova as a government advisor for state reform and EU integration for the Government of Moldova.[7] In 2018, it was announced that he had joined the Latvian Association of Regions.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MEP profile: Guntars Krasts". European Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b "EP velešanam sarakstu lideri izraudziti", 7 February 2009, from diena.lv, English translation here
  3. ^ a b European Parliament archive entry for Guntars Krasts (incl. Membership)
  4. ^ "Krasts neizslēdz iespēju pamest politiku", 7 February 2009, from diena.lv, English translation here
  5. ^ "Vaidere leaves For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK", 19 February 2008, from balticbusinessnews.com
  6. ^ a b "Former Latvian Prime Minister to lead Libertas Latvia Campaign", Saturday, 28 March 2009 14:27, from the libertas.eu website
  7. ^ "Krasts tuvākajā laikā neiesaistīsies Latvijas politikā" (in Latvian). Diena. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Ekspremjers Guntars Krasts pievienojies Latvijas Reģionu apvienībai" (in Latvian). TVNET. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Latvia
7 August 1997 – 26 November 1998
Succeeded by