Valdis Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis is the Prime Minister of Latvia.

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Country of ResidenceLatvia
Date of Birth1971-08-05
NationalityLatvia
Place Of BirthRiga
TitleHead of Government

Valdis Dombrovskis (born 5 August 1971) is the Prime Minister of Latvia.[1] He previously served as Minister for Finance of Latvia and as a Member of the European Parliament for the New Era Party.

Education and science career

Born in Riga to a family with Polish roots,[2] Dombrovskis graduated from the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Latvia. He earned a Bachelor's degree in economics for engineers from Riga Technical University in 1995 and a Master's degree in physics from the University of Latvia in 1996. He has worked as a laboratory assistant at the Institute of Physics of Mainz University, Germany from 1995 to 1996, as an assistant at the Institute of Solid-State Physics of the University of Latvia in 1997, and as a research assistant at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998.

Political activity

Dombrovskis has been a Member of the Board of the New Era Party since 2002. He was Minister of Finance of Latvia from 2002 to 2004 and a Member of the Latvian Parliament during its 8th parliamentary term (2002–2004). Then he was Observer at the Council of the European Union (2003–2004).

As Member of the European Parliament, Dombrovskis was a member of three European Parliament Committees: Committee on Budgets, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a Substitute at Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Committee on Budgetary Control and delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

Dombrovskis was also one of six Members of the European Parliament participating in the European Union's observer mission in Togo for the October 2007 Togolese parliamentary election.[3]

On 26 February 2009, following the resignation of Ivars Godmanis, President Valdis Zatlers nominated Dombrovskis to succeed Godmanis as Prime Minister of Latvia.[1] It was believed that his government would consist of three of the four previously governing parties (all but Godmanis' LPP/LC), his own New Era Party and a smaller right-wing party (the Civic Union); the government was approved on 12 March 2009.[4]

He is the longest-serving Prime Minister of Latvia.

References

  1. "Dombrovskis chosen as Latvian PM". BBC News. 26 February 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7911983.stm. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  2. Najgorsze już za Łotyszami, Interview with rp.pl, 12 July 2010, Retrieved 8 August 2010 (Polish)
  3. "Arrivée à Lomé des députés européens", Republicoftogo.com, 11 October 2007 (French).
  4. http://www.javno.com/en-world/latvia-government-named-differences-emerge_239733