Political Group: EPP
Phone in Brussels: +32 (0)2 284 56 39
- AFET Committee on Foreign Affairs
- DROI Subcommittee on Human Rights
- DCAS Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia
Studied at the University of Latvia, Economics Faculty, specialism: mathematical economics (1970-1975). Further studies at the University of Latvia (1978-1982); first degree in economics, specialism: economics of foreign countries. PhD in the economics of Latvia, University of Latvia (1992). Associate professor (1999). Professor of economics (2003).
University of Latvia (from 1975), lecturer, research student, senior lecturer, junior professor, associate professor, professor.
Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009); member, Committee on Foreign Affairs; group coordinator, Subcommittee on Human Rights; Vice-President, Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly; member, Delegation for relations with South Africa. Participation: Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Temporary Committee on Climate Change.
Member, Riga City Council; deputy mayor (2001-2002).
Member of the Latvian Parliament; Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee; member, Public Expenditure and Audit Committee (2002-2004).
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Economic Affairs of Latvia (1996-1997). Adviser to the Prime Minister of Latvia (1997-1998). Cabinet of the Republic of Latvia, Minister of the Environment of Latvia (1998-1999). Adviser to the President of Latvia (1999-2000).
First deputy editor-in-chief, Labrīt magazine (1993-1995). Lecturer, Eurofaculty (1995-1996). Board member, Riga Business Institute (1995-1996). Member, Excise Goods Board of the Republic of Latvia (1996-1997). Vice-chair and Chair, Latvian Regional Development Council (1997-1999). Chair, Latvian Environmental Investment Fund (1998-1999). Vice-President, Latvian Environmental Protection Fund (1998-1999). Member, Latvia-Russia Intergovernmental Committee (1999). Vice-chair of the board, Latvian Mortgage and Land Bank (2000-2001). Head, Germany's Economic Representation in Latvia (2000-2002).
Board member, Vienotība party (since November 2012).
Full member, European Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2012).
Member of the editorial committee, Parliament Magazine, magazine of the European Parliament (since 2005).
Member, European board of the Transatlantic Leadership Academy (TLA) of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) (since 2002).
President, Latvian Economic Development Forum (since 1998).
Order of Merit of the President of Ukraine, 3rd class (December 2008).