Marju Lauristin

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Marju Lauristin
Marju LAURISTIN - Estonian part - Citizens’ Corner debate on Europe’s anti-discrimination law- Closer to failure or adoption? (17220233526).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Estonia
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
22 October 1992 – 20 September 1994
Prime Minister Tiit Vähi
Preceded by Positsion established
Succeeded by Toomas Vilosius
Member of the Estonian Parliament
In office
20 September 1992 – 1 July 2014
Constituency Põlva
Personal details
Born (1940-04-07) 7 April 1940 (age 77)
Narva, Estonia
Political party  Estonian
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Alma mater Tallinn University

Marju Lauristin (born 7 April 1940) is an Estonian politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Estonia. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party, part of the Party of European Socialists.

Early life and education[edit]

Lauristin is the daughter of the communist politicians Johannes Lauristin and Olga Lauristin, two leading politicians in the Communist Party of Estonia.[1] She graduated from the Tartu State University (now Tartu University) in 1966 with a degree in Journalism and Sociology of Mass Communication.

In 1976, Lauristin completed her PhD studies in Journalism at Moscow University. Her thesis was focused on content analysis of newspaper texts.

Since 2003, Lauristin has been a professor of Social communication at Tartu University.[2]

Political career[edit]

Together with Edgar Savisaar, in 1988 Lauristin established Rahvarinne, the first large-scale independence movement in Estonia since the country's incorporation into the USSR. In 1990 she was deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament.[1] From 1992 to 1994 she was the minister of Social Affairs of Estonia (Estonian Social Democratic Party/'Moderates').

Member of the Estonian Parliament, 1992–2014[edit]

Following the 1992 elections, Lauristin served as a member of the Riigikogu, elected as a member of the People's Party Moderates (Estonian: Rahvaerakond Mõõdukad).

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present[edit]

Lauristin became a Member of the European Parliament in the 2014 European elections. She has since been serving on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She later joined the Parliament's special committees created to investigate the Luxleaks scandal in 2015 into the Panama Papers scandal in 2016, respectively.

Within her parliamentary group, Lauristin served as vice-chairwoman under the leadership of Gianni Pittella from 2014 until 2016.

On the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Lauristin serves as the Parliament’s rapporteur in the ePrivacy Regulation.[3] In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee.


  1. ^ a b Johanna McGeary (November 1, 1990). "Challenge In the East". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ Tartu University: list of staff of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  3. ^ Laurens Cerulus (February 28, 2017), Marju Lauristin is rapporteur on e-Privacy Regulation Politico Europe.

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Preceded by
(no such position)
Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia
October 22, 1992–September 20, 1994
Succeeded by
Toomas Vilosius