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People often talk of an ageing Estonia. I believe that mature citizens play an important balancing role in the society. It is up to the young people to accelerate the development, but we must not underestimate the wisdom that comes with experience. I want to help make the third decade of the 21st century a time of intergenerational cooperation, creativity and self-belief in Estonia. The robots will come, of course, but the key lies in the will and the skill of the people to make life in Estonia better together.
As a native of the Island of Saaremaa, I am a champion for the Estonian islands.

European Union Affairs Committee, Legal Affairs Committee
Electoral district: Hiiumaa, Läänemaa and Saaremaa

Urve Tiidus


Hiiu County, Lääne County and Saare County Electoral District

6 June 1954 Rapla, Estonia
One son and one daughter

Education: Tallinn School No. 21 in 1972; University of Tartu, English philology (equivalent to Master’s degree) 1977

Career: Estonian Television: director’s assistant, presenter, author and editor 1977–1991; freelance translator (TV series and films), author of health programmes 1992–1994; editor of regional programmes, presenter and editor of news programme “Aktuaalne kaamera” 1995–1999; Kuressaare City Government, Education and Culture Department, Head 1999–2001; Kanal 2, editor, news presenter 2001–2005; Mayor of Kuressaare 2005–2011; Minister of Culture 2013–2015

Party affiliation: Estonian Reform Party 1998– (membership suspended 2001−2005); Member of the Board

Membership in representative bodies: 12th Riigikogu, 13th Riigikogu (Chair of faction 2015–2016), 14th Riigikogu; Saaremaa Rural Municipality Council 2017–, elected to Kuressaare City Council 1999–2013

Awards: Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands) 2008; Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, 2014; Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 2014; Commander Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2014;

Other activities: member of Offence Prevention Council 2015–, Supervisory Board of the National Opera 2017–; world organisation United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG ), Member of the Council 2007–2010; Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), Second Vice-President 2008-2010; Lions Club Kuressaare Piret, founder, President 2008, member 2009–2021; 
Estonian National Defence Course 2012, executive course on cyber defence and digital governance 2019;
published articles; author and presenter of numerous language, children’s and health programmes

Hobbies: sports, music, reading, theatre, cinema, nature