Andrus Ansip

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Andrus Ansip : biography

1 October 1956 –

Andrus Ansip (born 1 October 1956) is an Estonian politician who has been Prime Minister of Estonia since 2005. He is chairman of the market liberal Estonian Reform Party ().

Chairman of Reform Party and Minister of Economics

On 21 November 2004, Ansip became Chairman of Estonian Reform Party because the party’s founder and hitherto chairman, former Prime Minister Siim Kallas, had become EU Commissioner and Vice President and thus had to move to Brussels. It was obvious that Ansip would have to move to Tallinn, and a chance opened up when the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications in the coalition government of Juhan Parts, Meelis Atonen, a party colleague, had to resign. Ansip became his successor on 13 September. His track record as Minister is more difficult to evaluate because of the short duration of his service.


  • On 31 July 2007 Ansip was recognized for "his service in fight for Estonian freedom and Estonian national idea" by .
  • Estonian Newspaper Association named Ansip Press Enemy of 2007.
    On 5 April 2010 Received a copy of the key of the city of Tirana on the occasion of his state visit to Albania.

Mayor of Tartu

In 1998, Ansip was elected as Mayor of Tartu as a candidate of the centrist-right Reformierakond (Reform Party), a position which he held until 2004, to great popular acclaim and very high ratings in the opinion polls. He had run in previous elections for the Riigikogu, the Estonian Parliament, but had always given up his seat in order to remain Mayor. He was succeeded by fellow Reform Party member Laine Jänes.

Early life and career

Born in Tartu, Ansip graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Chemistry in 1979. He worked as an engineer at Tartu State University from 1979 to 1983 (with a two-year break for mandatory military service). He was an Instructor in the Industry Department and Head of the Organisational Department of the Tartu District Committee of the Estonian Communist Party from 1986 to 1988.The Government of the Republic of Estonia: Ansip has been involved in several banking and investment ventures. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the People’s Bank of Tartu (), Chairman of the Board of Livonia Privatisation IF, and CEO of Investment Fund Broker Ltd (). He also has served as Chairman of the board for Radio Tartu.

The Cabinet

The third cabinet of Andrus Ansip is as follows:

position person remarks
Estonian Reform Party
Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet held this position previously;
Minister of Justice Hanno Pevkur Former Minister of Social Affairs
Minister of Culture Rein Lang former Minister of Justice; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus
Minister of Social Affairs Taavi Rõivas
Minister of Finance Jürgen Ligi held this position previously
Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica
Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts held this position previously; former Prime Minister
Minister of Education and Research Jaak Aaviksoo former Minister of Defence; former rector of Tartu University
Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu after Mart Laar´s resignation (because of a stroke)
Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder held this position previously;
Minister of Regional Affairs Siim-Valmar Kiisler held this position previously;
Minister of Internal Affairs Ken-Marti Vaher former Minister of Justice