Andris Piebalgs

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Andris Piebalgs (2012)

Andris Piebalgs [ ˈandrɪs ˈpiːɛbalgz ] (born September 17, 1957 in Valmiera ) is a Latvian diplomat , politician and former EU commissioner .

Career in Latvia

Andris Piebalgs studied physics at the University of Latvia in Riga and was a teacher of mathematics and physics in Valmiera in the 1980s.

He was active in the Latvian Popular Front and in 1993 a co-founder of the liberal-conservative party "Latvia's Way" (Latvijas Ceļš). From 1990 to 1993 he was Minister of Education, from 1993 to 1994 Member of Parliament and from 1994 to 1995 Minister of Finance. From 1995 to 1997 he was the Latvian ambassador to Estonia .

Careers in the EU

Piebalgs was Latvian Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 1998 to 2003 . He was the leading negotiator for Latvia's accession negotiations to the EU.

In 2004 he worked as the Brussels office head of the Latvian EU Commissioner Sandra Kalniete . At the beginning of November he was sent by the Latvian government to replace the EU Commissioner- designate Ingrīda Ūdre, who was controversial in the EU Parliament, as the new representative of Latvia in the Barroso I Commission . He got the post of energy commissioner , which should actually belong to the Hungarian László Kovács , who became commissioner for taxes and customs union . He was a member of the Barroso II follow-up commission as commissioner for development.


In addition to his Latvian mother tongue, Piebalgs speaks fluent German , Russian , French and English . He also has a basic knowledge of Estonian . He is married and has three children.

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