Inese Vaidere

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Inese Vaidere
Vaidere, Inese-1516.jpg
Member of the European Parliament for Latvia
In office
20 July 2004 – 30 June 2014
In office
1 November 2014 – present
Personal details
Born (1952-09-03) 3 September 1952 (age 63)
Jelgava, Latvian SSR
Political party For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK (1998–2008)
Civic Union (2008–2011)
Unity (2008–present)
Alma mater University of Latvia
Occupation Economist

Inese Vaidere (born 3 September 1952) is a Latvian politician and a Member of the European Parliament.

She was Minister of State for the Environment in the Krištopans cabinet from 1998-1999, Vice-Mayor of Riga from 2001-2002[1] and a member of the Saeima from 2002-2004.[2] She was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 from the For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK list and sat with the Union for a Europe of Nations group. In 2009 she was elected from the Civic Union list and sat with the European People's Party group. In 2014 she was placed 6th on the Unity list and was preferenced 5th by voters.[3] Unity won 4 of Latvia's European Parliament seats and she was not elected. However the first candidate elected on the list, Valdis Dombrovskis, became the European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue on 1 November 2014 and ceased to be a MEP. Vaidere, as next in line on the Unity list, replaced him in the Parliament.[4]

She is a signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.[5]

In 2015, news media reported that Vaidere was included in a Russian blacklist of prominent people from the European Union who are not allowed to enter the country.[6][7]