|Member of the European Parliament|
3 November 2014
|26th Minister of Foreign Affairs|
12 April 2005 – 3 November 2014
|Prime Minister||Andrus Ansip
|Preceded by||Rein Lang|
|Succeeded by||Keit Pentus-Rosimannus|
20 April 1974 |
|Political party||Reform Party|
|Alma mater||University of Tartu|
Urmas Paet (born 20 April 1974) is an Estonian politician who was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia from 2005 to 2014. He is a member of the Estonian Reform Party. In September 2010, Paet became the longest serving minister since the re-establishment of Estonian independence.
Paet was born in Tallinn. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 with a BA in political science and continued his graduate studies there, but without obtaining the degree. He had been active in journalism during his studies, and continued in that career until 1999, when he entered politics by joining the Reform Party and becoming professional advisor. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Nõmme (a district of Tallinn) from 1999 to 2003.
Role in Estonian politics
In April 2003, when the Juhan Parts government took office, Paet became Estonian Minister of Culture. He remained in that position until April 2005, when the Parts government fell. In April 2005, when the Andrus Ansip cabinet took office, he became Foreign Minister.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
Paet has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2014 European elections. A member of the ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) political faction, he currently serves on the Committee on Budgets.
Paet is married and has three daughters. He speaks Estonian, German, Finnish and English.
- Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.
- Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
Media related to Urmas Paet at Wikimedia Commons
|Elder of Nõmme
|Minister of Culture
|Minister of Foreign Affairs