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Andrus Ansip

European Commission, Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market
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. This followed almost nine years in Tallinn spent as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister, when 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. Up to this point, his career was spent in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu where he was born in 1956.
Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business. A chemistry graduate from the city's university, Andrus Ansip is married with three children.
  • Keynote speech   |   Jarná ITAPA 2016
    All Digital Single Market proposals should be finalised by the end of this year.  
    Apart from presenting new initiatives, we want to keep up the momentum of EU decision-making so that we see the desired result of a truly digital Europe.
    With the help and support of Slovakia's EU Presidency, I am confident we can achieve this. Therefore: need for urgency and good cooperation and coordination.
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