Siim Kallas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Siim Kallas
Siim Kallas, arvamusfestival 2014 (2).jpg
European Commissioner for Transport
In office
9 February 2010 – 1 November 2014
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Antonio Tajani
Succeeded by Violeta Bulc
European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
In office
22 November 2004 – 9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Neil Kinnock (Administrative Reform)
Succeeded by Maroš Šefčovič (Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration)
Algirdas Šemeta (Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud)
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
In office
1 May 2004 – 22 November 2004
Served with Joaquín Almunia
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Pedro Solbes
Succeeded by Joaquín Almunia
13th Prime Minister of Estonia
In office
28 January 2002 – 10 April 2003
President Arnold Rüütel
Preceded by Mart Laar
Succeeded by Juhan Parts
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 November 1995 – 21 November 1996
Prime Minister Tiit Vähi
Preceded by Riivo Sinijärv
Succeeded by Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Personal details
Born (1948-10-02) 2 October 1948 (age 69)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Communist Party (Before 1991)
Reform Party (1994–present)
Alma mater University of Tartu

Siim Kallas (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈsiːm ˈkɑlˑɑs]; born 2 October 1948) is an Estonian politician, who most recently served as European Commissioner for Transport between 2010 and 2014. Before that he was European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud between 2004 and 2009. In both Barroso Commissions he was also vice-president.

Kallas has been Prime Minister of Estonia, Estonian Minister of Finance, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union and member of the Riigikogu. Kallas is a member and former leader of the free-market liberal Estonian Reform Party. Kallas was a vice-president of Liberal International.

He was twice appointed Acting Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro in Olli Rehn's stead, from 19 April 2014 – 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament and from 1 July 2014 – 16 July 2014 after he took up his seat.[1][2]

After leaving the Commission, Kallas run in the Estonian presidential election in 2016, but was not elected. In October 2017, he started as the municipal mayor of Viimsi.[3]


  • 1966–1969 Budget and Finance, University of Tartu, BSc
  • 1969–1972 Junior Sergeant, Soviet Armed Forces Corps of Signals.
  • 1972–1974 Economics of environmental protection, University of Tartu, MSc
  • 1974–1977 Economics of environmental protection, University of Tartu, Kandidat Nauk (PhD).


Personal life[edit]

Siim Kallas at the electromobility summit 2013 in Berlin

Language skills: Active: Estonian (mother tongue), English (primary working language), Russian (secondary working language), Finnish, German. Passive: French. Married to doctor Kristi Kallas; one son and one daughter Kaja, who is a member of the European Parliament. The ancestors of Siim Kallas were of Estonian and Baltic German origin. Kallas has been an active participant in the restoration of Estonian statehood.

Criticisms and drawbacks[edit]

Avoidance of tackling the issues in public caused him to renounce his candidacy to the office of Prime Minister of Estonia in 2014.[4][5]


External link and sources[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Rein Otsason
Chairperson of the Bank of Estonia
Succeeded by
Vahur Kraft
Preceded by
Riivo Sinijärv
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Preceded by
Niels Helveg Petersen
Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Succeeded by
Tarja Halonen
Preceded by
Mart Opmann
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Harri Õunapuu
Preceded by
Mart Laar
Prime Minister of Estonia
Succeeded by
Juhan Parts
New office Estonian European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Andrus Ansip
Preceded by
Pedro Solbes
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
Served alongside: Joaquín Almunia
Succeeded by
Joaquín Almunia
Preceded by
Neil Kinnock
as European Commissioner for Administrative Reform
European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Succeeded by
Maroš Šefčovič
as European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration
Succeeded by
Algirdas Šemeta
as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Preceded by
Antonio Tajani
European Commissioner for Transport
Succeeded by
Violeta Bulc