Katrin Saks

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Katrin Saks
Katrin Saks in 2007.
Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs
In office
Prime Minister Mart Laar
Preceded by Andra Veidemann
Succeeded by Eldar Efendijev
Personal details
Born (1956-11-29) 29 November 1956 (age 60)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Social Democratic Party

Katrin Saks (born November 29, 1956 in Tallinn) is an Estonian politician, currently vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party. From 1999 to 2002, she was Minister of Population Affairs in the cabinet of Mart Laar. In October 2006 she became Member of the European Parliament, replacing Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who had been elected President of Estonia. She lost her seat in the 2009 European election, but shortly regained it, when on 7 April 2014 she replaced Ivari Padar who became Estonian Minister for Agriculture, until in July she was succeeded by Marju Lauristin following the 2014 European election. As of 2011, she serves as a rector of Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School.


  • Estonian Diplomatic College, international relations and diplomacy (1993)
  • University of Tartu, journalism (1981)
  • Additional courses in Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the USA.

Professional Background[edit]

  • Rector of Baltic Film and Media School (2011–currently)
  • Concordia International University, lecturer (1998–2000)
  • Open Estonia Fund, project manager (1998–1999)
  • Estonian Television, programme director, member of the Board of Governors (1993–1997)
  • Estonian Television, journalist (1977–1997)

Political Work[edit]

  • Member of the European Parliament, Socialist Group (2006–2009; April–June 2014)
  • Member of the Estonian Parliament (2003–2006),
  • Member, European Union Affairs Committee; Vice-chairman, Cultural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Estonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

rapporteur on Finno-Ugric peoples in the Russian Federation (2003–2006)

  • Government of the Republic of Estonia, minister (1999–2002)


  • Mõõdukad Party (predecessor of the SDE) (1988), Vice-Chairman, SDE Party (2005).
  • Member, Broadcasting Council
  • Board of Trustees of Tartu University
  • Board of Trustees of the Estonian Music Academy
  • President, Union for Child Welfare


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Political offices
Preceded by
Andra Veidemann
Estonian Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs
Succeeded by
Eldar Efendijev