H.E. Andrus ANSIP

Vice-President, European Commission

Former Estonian prime minister, Andrus Ansip was appointed vice-president of the European Commission with responsibility for the digital single market in November 2014.

 

Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. In Tallinn, where he served for almost nine years as Estonia's longest-serving prime minister, Mr Ansip worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments. During his time as prime minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party.

 

Ansip first entered national politics in September 2004 when he became minister of the economy. Until then, he was based in Tartu, Estonia's second largest city and his hometown. Born in 1956, Mr Ansip’s career began in banking and business, where he spent six years before being appointed Tartu’s mayor. A chemistry graduate from Tartu university, Mr Ansip is married with three children.