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Ivari Padar
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Member of the European Parliament
for Estonia
In office
7 June 2009 – 6 April 2014
In office
6 November 2017 – 3 April 2019
Preceded by Marju Lauristin
Minister of Agriculture
In office
7 April 2014 – 9 April 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Helir-Valdor Seeder
Succeeded by Urmas Kruuse (rural affairs)
Minister of Finance
In office
5 April 2007 – 21 May 2009
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Aivar Sõerd
Succeeded by Jürgen Ligi
Minister of Agriculture
In office
25 March 1999 – 28 January 2002
Prime Minister Mart Laar
Preceded by Andres Varik
Succeeded by Jaanus Marrandi
Personal details
Born (1965-03-12) 12 March 1965 (age 58)
Navi, Estonia
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse Kristel Padar
Children 2 (from a previous marriage)
Alma mater University of Tartu

Ivari Padar (born 12 March 1965) is an Estonian politician. He is a former Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party.

Padar was born in Navi, Võru Parish, Võru. He was Deputy Mayor of Võru from 1993 to 1994, Executive Chairman of the Võru Farmers Union from 1994 to 1995, and Assistant to the Chancellor at the Finance Ministry from 1995 to 1997. He was Minister of Agriculture from 1999 to 2002, Chairman of Võru City Council from 2002 to 2005, and a member of the X, XI, XIII and XIV Riigikogu. In April 2007 he became Minister of Finance. He led the Social Democratic Party from 2003 to 2009.

Padar was a Member of the European Parliament for Estonia from 2009 until 2014 and from 2017 until 2019. In parliament, he served on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2009-2014) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (2017-2019).

In addition to his political work, Padar is a member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.


Judoka Martin Padar is Ivari Padar's cousin.

See also

  • Taavi Rõivas' cabinet
  • Andrus Ansip's second cabinet
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