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 69)
Jelgava, Latvian SSR
Political partyFor Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK (1998–2008)
Civic Union (2008–2012)
Unity (2012–present)
Alma materUniversity of Latvia

Inese Vaidere (born 3 September 1952) is a Latvian politician who currently serves as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Political career[edit]

Role in national politics[edit]

Vaidere was Minister of State for the Environment in the Krištopans cabinet from 1998 to 1999, Vice-Mayor of Riga from 2001 to 2002[1] and a member of the Saeima from 2002 to 2004.[2]

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–present[edit]

Vaidere 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.

Between 2004 and 2014, Vaidere was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2013, she drafted the parliament's report on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on human rights, which calls for the EU to help developing countries create social-protection schemes.[3]

In 2014, Vaidere was placed 6th on the Unity list and was preferenced 5th by voters.[4] 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 an MEP. Vaidere, as next in line on the Unity list, replaced him in the Parliament.[5]

From 2014 until 2019, Vaidere was a member of the Committee on Budgets. Since 2019, she has been serving on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime),[6] the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda[7] and the European Internet Forum.[8]

Political positions[edit]

Vaidere is a signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.[9]

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.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Inese Vaidere". Unity. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  2. ^ "Inese Vaidere". Saeima. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  3. ^ Olivier De Schutter and Magdalena Sepúlveda (January 16, 2013), The EU’s most promising export European Voice.
  4. ^ "European Elections 2014". Central Election commission of Latvia. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  5. ^ "History of parliamentary service". European Parliament. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  6. ^ Members of the European Parliament on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime) European Parliament.
  7. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.
  8. ^ Members European Internet Forum.
  9. ^ "Prague Declaration: Selected signatories". Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  10. ^ Laurence Norman (May 30, 2015), Russia Produces Blacklist of EU People Banned From Entering Country Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ European Union anger at Russian travel blacklist BBC News, May 31, 2015.