Kaja Kallas

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Kaja Kallas
Ministerial e-Government Conference (COMPET) Kaja Kallas (37528171751).jpg
Kallas in 2017
Leader of the Reform Party
Assumed office
14 April 2018
Preceded byHanno Pevkur
Member of the European Parliament
for Estonia
In office
1 July 2014 – 5 September 2018
Personal details
Born (1977-06-18) 18 June 1977 (age 42)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political partyReform Party
Children1
RelativesSiim Kallas (Father)
EducationUniversity of Tartu (BA)
Estonian Business School (MBA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Kaja Kallas (born 18 June 1977) is an Estonian politician, leader of the Reform Party and a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

She has previously served as an attorney, specialising in European and Estonian competition law, and has been a Member of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu).

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Tallinn on 18 June 1977,[1] Kaja Kallas is the daughter of Siim Kallas who served as the 14th Prime Minister of Estonia and was later a European Commissioner.[2]

Kaja Kallas graduated from the University of Tartu in 1999 with a BA in law. From 2007 she attended the Estonian Business School, earning an EMBA (Master of Business Administration) degree in economics in 2010.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Kallas has been a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 1999 and an attorney-at-law since 2002. Since 26 March 2011 she has been placed on inactive status as a member of the Estonian Bar Association. She has been a partner in law firm Luiga Mody Hääl Borenius and Tark & Co and worked as an executive coach in the Estonian Business School. She is also a member of the European Antitrust Alliance.[5]

In November 2018, Kallas published MEP. 4 aastat Euroopa Parlamendis (MEP: Four Years in the European Parliament), in which she describes her life and work in Brussels from 2014 to 2018.[6]

Political career[edit]

Member of the Estonian Parliament, 2010–2014[edit]

In 2010, Kallas decided to join the Estonian Reform Party. She ran for the Parliament of Estonia in 2011, receiving 7,157 votes.[7] She was a member of the XII composition of the Parliament of Estonia and chaired the Economic Affairs Committee from 2011 to 2014.

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2018[edit]

In the 2014 elections Kallas ran for the European Parliament and received 21,498 votes.[8]

In the European Parliament, Kallas served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and was a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She was a vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU–Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee as well as a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and Delegation for relations with the United States.[1]

In addition to her committee assignments, Kallas was a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda[9] and a Vice-Chair of the Youth Intergroup.[10]

During her time in Parliament, Kallas worked on the Digital Single Market strategy, energy and consumer policies, as well as on relations with Ukraine. In particular, she stood up for the rights of SMEs, maintaining that borders in the digital world prevent innovative companies from emerging. She is a proponent of innovation and frequently emphasises that regulations cannot and must not hinder the technological revolution.[1]

Kallas served as rapporteur for six reports: opinion on the so-called e-Privacy regulation,[11] Civil law rules on robotics[12] and on the Annual report on EU Competition Policy,[13] and on Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers,[14] legislation on Custom infringements and sanctions[15] and the own-initiatative report on the Digital Single Market.[16]

Return to national politics[edit]

On 13 December 2017, the leader of the Reform Party Hanno Pevkur announced that he would no longer run for party leadership in January 2018 and suggested that Kallas should run instead.[17] After considering the offer, Kallas announced on 15 December that she would accept the invitation to run in the leadership election.[18]

On 3 March 2019, the Reform Party, led by Kallas, won the general election with about 29% of the vote, the ruling Estonian Centre Party taking 23%.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "8th parliamentary term | Kaja KALLAS | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Digital Savvy Estonia Is Set to Get Its First Female Prime Minister". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  3. ^ "Kaja Kallas | LinkedIn". Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Deloy, Corinne (3 March 2019). "Victory for the centre-right opposition (ER) in the general elections in Estonia" (PDF). The Foundation Robert Schuman. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Biography". Kaja Kallase Blogi. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16.
  6. ^ "MEP. 4 aastat Euroopa Parlamendis" (in Estonian). Goodreads. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Biography". Kaja Kallase Blogi. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda.
  10. ^ "European Youth Forum". www.youthforum.org. Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  11. ^ Kallas, Kaja (4 October 2017). "Opinion on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)". Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. For the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Procedure File: 2015/2103(INL) | Legislative Observatory | European Parliament". oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Procedure File: 2014/2158(INI) | Legislative Observatory | European Parliament". oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Application error". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  15. ^ "Procedure File: 2013/0432(COD) | Legislative Observatory | European Parliament". oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Procedure File: 2015/2147(INI) | Legislative Observatory | European Parliament". oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved Mar 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Pevkur not to run for Reform lead again, Kallas not announcing yet". ERR. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Kaja Kallas to run for Reform Party chair". ERR. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Estonia general election: Opposition party beats Centre rivals". BBC. London. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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