Country: Latvia
  • BRU:
    ASP 14E261 (Altiero Spinelli)
    Parlement européen
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel
    Phone: +32 (0)2 2845204
    Fax:+32 (0)2 2849204
  • STR:
    LOW T10035 (Louise Weiss)
    Parlement européen
    Allée du Printemps
    BP 1024/F
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175204
    Fax:+33 (0)3 88 179204
  • Vice-Chair - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - EPP Bureau - Neighbourhood policy and Euronest, European Values
  • Member - Foreign Affairs
  • Member - Southeast Asia, ASEAN
  • Member - Partija "VIENOTĪBA"
  • Substitute - Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Substitute - Ukraine
  • Substitute - Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
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Curriculum vitae

Born in 1952. Riga. Master of Arts, Latvian Academy of Art, 1996. General Secretary;1987 – 1988; Latvian Artists' Union. General Secretary of the LPF Coordinating Council, Deputy Chairman; 1988 - 1990 Latvian Popular Front (LPF¬). Chief of Protocol, Deputy Foreign Minister; 1990 - 1993 Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador to the UN in Geneva; 1993 – 1997. Ambassador to France; 1997 – 2002. Ambassador to UNESCO; 2000 – 2002. Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs; November 7, 2002 – 9 March, 2004. European Commissioner; 1 May – 20 November 2004. Member of Latvian Parliament, October 2006. Member of Board, Robert Schuman Foundation. MEP since 2009.


Press releases

Flag of Belarus
Thu, 10/09/2015 - 12:40

EU-Belarus: normalising relations is in common interest

In a Resolution on the situation in Belarus adopted today by the European Parliament, MEPs call for political prisoners who are released in Belarus to be immediately rehabilitated and their civic...
Freedom Of Speech
Thu, 16/07/2015 - 10:32

Fair trial for Australian Al-Jazeera journalist

Members of the EPP Group have called on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that Australian Al-Jazeera journalist and Latvian citizen Peter Greste’s retrial at the end of July in Cairo is dealt...
From Cultural Diversity to Unity of Values - Contribution of Jews to European culture and values
Thu, 18/06/2015 - 11:48

Contribution of Jews to European culture and values

What was the role of Jews in shaping European culture and European values? What values, important for European integration, were brought by European Jewish communities? How has Europe benefited from...



Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 17:22

Statement of Sandra Kalniete, MEP, Vice-Chair of the EPP Group

The arrest of  Khadija Ismayilova, a Radio Free Europe journalist working for the Azerbaijani chapter, needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words. Her arrest was justified on the grounds of her alleged role in leading another...
Sandra Kalniete MEP and Ruslana
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 09:00

#Europe4Ukraine: a Marshall Plan is needed for Ukraine

Defending Ukraine and its European choice is of vital interest for the European Union. By defending Ukraine we are defending our core values and principles, our identity and security Sandra Kalniete By defending Ukraine we are defending our...
Believe in people
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:15

EU 2004 enlargement: a miracle of freedom

10 years ago, on 1 May 2004, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia joined the European Union. It was the biggest EU widening ever. For most of those countries, EU...


MEP Videos

Boost EU’s eastern ties and defence preparedness in face of Russian threat
The EU must deepen its relations with its eastern neighbors and Latvia should boost defence spending to 2% of GDP to counter the Russian...
EPP Group names 10 vice chairs, half of them women
The EPP Group has named its 10 vice chairs in the European Parliament , half of them women, and reflecting the geographical diversity of the EU.