Taavi Rõivas

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Taavi Rõivas
Taavi Rõivas.jpg
16th Prime Minister of Estonia
Assumed office
26 March 2014
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Kersti Kaljulaid
Preceded by Andrus Ansip
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
11 December 2012 – 26 March 2014
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Hanno Pevkur
Succeeded by Helmen Kütt
(as Minister of Social Protection)
Urmas Kruuse
(as Minister of Health and Labour)
Personal details
Born (1979-09-26) 26 September 1979 (age 37)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Reform Party
Spouse(s) Luisa Värk
Children 1
Alma mater University of Tartu

Taavi Rõivas (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈtɑːʋi ˈrɤiʋɑs]; born 26 September 1979) is an Estonian politician who is currently the Prime Minister of Estonia and the Leader of the Reform Party. Taavi Rõivas' second government took office at 9 April 2015.[1] Before his term as the Prime Minister, Rõivas was the Minister of Social Affairs from 2012 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Rõivas graduated from Tallinn Secondary Science School and from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu in international economics and marketing.

Political career[edit]

Taavi Rõivas in 2014

Rõivas joined the Reform Party in 1998. His political career began as an advisor to Minister of Justice Märt Rask from 1999 to 2002.[2] He was Mayor of Haabersti district of Tallinn 2004–2005 and advisor to the Minister of Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, he became an advisor to the Prime Minister and Reform Party Leader Andrus Ansip. He was elected to the Tallinn City Council in 2005 and to the Riigikogu in 2007 and again in 2011.

In December 2012, Rõivas became the youngest member of the Estonian Government as the Minister of Social Affairs, replacing Hanno Pevkur. Pevkur in turn replaced Kristen Michal as the Minister of Justice Kristen Michal who had resigned due to corruption allegations by fellow Reform Party member Silver Meikar.

In February 2014, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip announced he would resign a year before the 2015 parliamentary elections and hand his post to the European Commissioner Siim Kallas, former Reform Party Leader and Prime Minister 2002–2003. Kallas began coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party, deciding to replace the conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union as Reform Party's coalition partner. On March 12, Kallas unexpectedly announced he would not seek the post, due to media scrutiny of his actions as President of the Bank of Estonia in the early 1990s. On the same day, the leadership of the Reform Party chose Rõivas as the new candidate for Prime Minister.[3] The coalition agreement with the Social Democratic Party was signed on 20 March and the nomination was confirmed by the Riigikogu on 24 March.[4][5] Rõivas became Prime Minister after the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves approved his proposed cabinet on 26 March 2014. At the time, Rõivas was the youngest government leader in the European Union.[6]

Rõivas led his party to the 2015 parliamentary elections, in which Reform Party succeeded in staying as the largest party and began coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party, the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union and the Free Party.[7] After nearly three weeks of negotiations, the Free Party left the coalition talks due to disagreements with the Reform Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.[8] The three remaining parties signed the coalition treaty on 8 April, and Rõivas' second cabinet took office on 9 April.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rõivas speaks Estonian, English, Russian, Ukrainian and Finnish.[10]

Rõivas lives together with the pop singer Luisa Värk, with whom he has a daughter.[6]


2016 Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hanno Pevkur
Minister of Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Helmen Kütt
as Minister of Social Protection
Succeeded by
Urmas Kruuse
as Minister of Health and Labour
Preceded by
Andrus Ansip
Prime Minister of Estonia