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|Member of the European Parliament
2 July 2019
|European Commissioner for Digital Single Market|
1 November 2014 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda)|
|Succeeded by||Maroš Šefčovič (Acting)|
|European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
1 January 2017 – 7 July 2017
|Preceded by||Günther Oettinger|
|Succeeded by||Mariya Gabriel|
|16th Prime Minister of Estonia|
12 April 2005 – 26 March 2014
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
|Preceded by||Juhan Parts|
|Succeeded by||Taavi Rõivas|
|Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications|
23 September 2004 – 12 April 2005
|Prime Minister||Juhan Parts|
|Preceded by||Meelis Atonen|
|Succeeded by||Edgar Savisaar|
|Mayor of Tartu|
10 September 1998 – 23 September 2004
|Preceded by||Roman Mugur|
|Succeeded by||Laine Randjärv|
1 October 1956 |
|Political party||Reform Party|
|Alma mater||University of Tartu
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Andrus Ansip (Estonian pronunciation: Script error: No such module "IPA".; born 1 October 1956) is an Estonian politician, a member of the European Parliament, the former European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, in office from 2014 until 2019. Previously, he was Prime Minister of Estonia from 2005 to 2014 and chairman of the liberal Estonian Reform Party (Estonian: Reformierakond) from 2004 to 2014.
Before his entry into politics Ansip trained as a chemist, before working in banking and business. He entered Parliament in 2004, quickly becoming Minister of Economic Affairs, and subsequently Prime Minister in April 2005. On 1 November 2014, he was appointed to the European Commission.
Early life and business career
Born in Tartu, Ansip graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Chemistry in 1979. He worked as an engineer at the university from 1979 to 1983 (with a two-year break for mandatory military service). He was an instructor in the Industry Department and Head of the Organisational Department of the Tartu District Committee of the Soviet Union Communist Party Estonian branch Estonian Communist Party from 1986 to 1988. Ansip has been involved in several banking and investment ventures. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the People's Bank of Tartu (Estonian: Rahvapank), Chairman of the Board of Livonia Privatisation IF, and CEO of Investment Fund Broker Ltd (Estonian: Fondiinvesteeringu Maakler AS). He also has served as Chairman of the board for Radio Tartu.
From 1989 to 1993 Andrus Ansip also managed a Tartu branch of AS Estkompexim.
Relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn
One of the most controversial actions of Ansip's government was relocation of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn from a prominent location in the center of Tallinn to the Defence Forces Cemetery of Tallinn adjacent to the city center. The removal of the monument, as well as war graves, from its location on 27 April 2007 led to mass protests and two nights of the worst rioting Estonia has seen since regaining independence.
Andrus Ansip is a member of the Estonian voluntary home guard organisation Kaitseliit (Defence League) since 10 November 2009.
- On 31 July 2007 Ansip was recognized for "his service in fight for Estonian freedom and Estonian national idea" by Estonian Central Council in Canada.
- Estonian Newspaper Association named Ansip Press Enemy of 2007.
- Albania: On 5 April 2010 Received a copy of the key of the city of Tirana on the occasion of his state visit to Albania.
In Spanish: Andrus Ansip para niños
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