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After Estonia regained its independence, I spent 14 years building up the Estonian rescue service. Having worked as the security adviser to the Prime Minister for a year, I was elected to the Riigikogu where I served nearly eight years as the Chairman of the National Defence Committee, dedicating myself to developing Estonia's security policy and comprehensive national defence. Thereafter I participated in the work of the Government of the Republic as the Minister of the Environment, and in 2015 I continued to engage in environmental issues also in the 13th Riigikogu.

I am continuing my work in the Riigikogu after a two-year pause, because I wish to contribute to the shaping of the future of our country with my knowledge and experience. I wish Estonia to develop into a country where life is good for us, as well as for the generations that come after us.

Estonian Reform Party Faction
Anti-Corruption Select Committee, National Defence Committee
Electoral district: Lääne-Virumaa

Mati Raidma


Lääne-Viru County Electoral District

7 April 1965, Iisaku, Ida-Viru County
Married, two daughters and one son

Education: Nõo High School 1983; St. Petersburg Firefighting Technical School, fire control 1986; Academy of State Fire-Prevention Service of Russia (Moscow), firefighting technology and fire safety engineer 1993

Career: Pärnu Fire Department, various positions 1986–1990; Pärnu Fire Control Board, Head 1990–1991, Director 1991–1992; Rescue Board, Deputy Director General for Rescue Work 1992–2000, Director General 2000–2006; Adviser to the Prime Minister 2006–2007; Minister of the Environment 2014–2015; Rescue Board, Adviser 2017–2018, 2019–2021

Party affiliation: Estonian Reform Party 2006–

Membership in representative bodies: 11th Riigikogu and 12th Riigikogu (Chairman of the National Defence Committee 2007–2014), 13th Riigikogu 2015–2016, 2018–2019; 14th Riigikogu 2021–; Tallinn City Council 2016–2017

Awards: Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 3rd Class 1997;
orders and badges of merit of official and voluntary organisations from Estonia and abroad, incl. Grand Golden Cross of the Rescue Service, Cross for Special Services of the Estonian Defence League, 
Fire Cross of the Republic of Finland, etc

Other activities: UN Central Emergency Response Fund, alternate Member of the Council 2006–2009; International Humanitarian Partnership, Chairman 2019–2020; United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team formed under Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA); European Union Civil Protection Team; Estonian Disaster Relief Team; Estonian Defence League; Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association;  NGO Mondo and NGO Estonian Crisis Experts, founding member;
articles in Estonian and international specialist publications

Hobbies: travelling, charity work, music