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Harju County and Rapla County Electoral District

30 November 1969 Valga, Estonia
Married, one daughter

Education: Valga Gymnasium (former Secondary School No. 1) 1988; University of Tartu, history 1993; MA in history 1999

Career: newspaper “Postimees”: world news editor 1993–1994, Moscow correspondent 1994–1997, Editor-in-Chief 1997–2000; Baltic Centre for Russian Studies, Director 2000–2003

Party affiliation: Res Publica / Pro Patria and Res Publica Union 2001–2017; Estonian Reform Party 2018–, Member of the Board

Membership in representative bodies: 10th Riigikogu (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2003–2005, Deputy Chairman 2005–2007), 11th Riigikogu (Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee), 12th Riigikogu (Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee), 13th Riigikogu (Chairman of the National Defence Committee 2015–2016, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2016–2019); 14th Riigikogu (Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2019–2021, Chairman 2021–); Valga City Council 2002–2003; elected to Viimsi Rural Municipality Council 2005–2013

Awards: Order of the White Star, 4th class 2006; Commander of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique of the Republic of Portugal 2003; Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy 2004; Grand Cross of the Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas 2004; Knight of the National Order of Merit of France 2005, Officer 2017; Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 2009; Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden, 2nd class 2011; Order of Merit of the Republic of Malta 2012; Order of the Three Stars of the Republic of Latvia, 3rd class 2012; Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland, 1st class; Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands 2018; Officer of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic 2018;
Golden Award of the Ministry of Defence 2004, Cross of Merit, 2nd class 2016

Other activities: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Head of Estonian Delegation (2003–2007); NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Head and member of Estonian Delegation (2011–2019); International Centre for Defence Studies, Supervisory Board; Tallinn Rotary Club; reserve officer (Second Lieutenant); Estonian Reserve Officers' Association; Estonian Defence League, Harju District, supporting member;
Books “Venemaa: valguses ja varjus” ("Russia: In Light and Shadows") 2010, “Murdeajastu” (“Era of Dramatic Changes”) 2018; articles mainly on foreign policy in the Estonian and international press

Hobbies: golf, tennis



All votes
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27.01.2022 / 10:09
Attendance check
27.01.2022 / 03:08
Rejection Perehüvitiste seaduse muutmise ja sellega seonduvalt teiste seaduste muutmise seadus
26.01.2022 / 20:51
Final vote Riikliku pensionikindlustuse seaduse muutmise seadus
26.01.2022 / 20:24
Final vote Euroopa Liidu ühise põllumajanduspoliitika rakendamise seaduse muutmise seadus
26.01.2022 / 20:22
Rejection Rikkumisest teavitaja kaitse seadus
26.01.2022 / 16:04
Rejection Looduskaitseseaduse ja sellega seotud seaduste muutmise seadus
26.01.2022 / 14:13
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