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The Baltic States and the European Union

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Plenary / Panel
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
Member of the European Parliament and Coordinator on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Brussels
Finance Minister
Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Former President, Republic of Estonia, Tallinn
Member of the European Parliament

Indulis BERZINS

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Post Graduate, University of Latvia Department of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia - July 1999 Elected Deputy Speaker of the 7th Saeima (Parliament); Head of Latvia's delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. - 1998 Secretary of the 6th Saeima; Head of the Latvian delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly. - 1997 Chairman of the the 6th Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee; member of Latvia's delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. - 1995 Deputy Chairman of Latvia's Way Parliamentary Faction in the 5th Saeima; member of Latvia's delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly. - 1993 Elected Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council; Chairman of the Parliamentary Faction of the Popular Front. - 1993 Member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia; Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme Council. - 1990 Lecturer in history at the University of Latvia in Riga and the Latvian Academy of Agriculture in Jelgava.
1981-1984
 July 1999 - present Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia (confirmed July 16, 1999).
1976-1981
1998
1997
1995
1993
1992
1990
1984

Michael GAHLER

Member of the European Parliament and Coordinator on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Brussels

Adolf-Reichwein elementary school in Frankfurt-Zeilsheim Leibniz High School and BIKUZ High School in Frankfurt-Höchst Enlisted soldier at the telecommunications batallion Study of law in Mainz, 1st state examination Traineeship in Frankfurt, Hochheim and Brussels, 2nd state examination Attaché formation at the diplomatic school of the Foreign Office Assistant in the department International Environmental Politics of the Foreign Office Assistant in the Foreign Affairs Office of the CDU Assistant for the Baltic States and the Baltic Sea Council in the Foreign Office Member of the European Parliament Secretary, Deputy President and President of the JU municipal association Hattersheim Treasurer, Deputy President and President of the JU district association Main-Taunus -1993 Treasurer and President of the JU county association Nassau Member of the International Commission in the JU federal association Membership of the CDU CDU city councillor, member of the executive until 1991 Member of the CDU district assembly Member of the Regional Planning Assembly at the Regional Council Darmstadt President of the German Federal Court of Arbitration Deputy President of the CDU municipal association Delegate to the EPP-congress in the CDU federal association
1966-1970
1970-1978
1979-1980
1981-1987
1987-1990
1990-1991
1991-1993
1993-1995
1995-1999
 
 Functions in the parliamentary period 1999-2004
 - Member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Security and Defence Politics
 - Substitute member in the committee of development and cooperation
 - First Vicepresident of the parliamentary committee EU-Lithuania
 - Substitute member of the delegation in the parliamentary committee EU-Latvia
 
 Political Activities
 Since 1978 Membership of the Junge Union (JU)
since 1999
1985-1987
1987-1989
 Deputy of the county in the Hessian regional association
1990
1991-1996
since 1981
1986-1989
since 1988
1993-1997
1994-1996
since 1994
since 1995

Siim KALLAS

Finance Minister

member of parliament and the parliamentary National Defense Committee minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Estonia president of the Bank of Estonia chairman of the Estonian Central Association of Trade Unions deputy editor of the newspaper Rahva Hääl (People's Voice) director of the Estonian Central Board of Savings Banks
 Siim Kallas graduated cum laude from the Tallinn Secondary School No 22 in 1967 and from Tartu State University in finance and credit in 1972.
 He was a post-graduate student until 1975 and now is a visiting professor at the university.
1995-1999
1995-1996
1991-1995
1989-1991
1986-1989
1979-1986

Romualdas KALONAITIS

Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

- 2001Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Communities Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Sweden , September 28 Diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Director and Editor-in-Chief, Publishing company, Vilnius, Lithuania Editor, Vice Editor-in-Chief of the science and technology academic journal Mokslas ir technika Vilnius, Lithuania Chief Economist, Head of Unit, State Planning Committee, Vilnius, Lithuania Vice Head of Unit, Chief Economist, Labour market coordination and management, Labour Committee, Vilnius, Lithuania Head of Labour and Wages Department, Fuel injector production factory, Vilnius,Lithuania
1997
1992-1997
1992
1989-1992
1973-1989
1972-1973
1967-1972
1965-1967
 Diploma in Economy and Engineering

Lennart MERI

Former President, Republic of Estonia, Tallinn

graduated from the Faculty of History and Languages of Tartu University wrote his first book after trip to Central Asia and old Islamic centrs in the Kara-Kum Desert founded non-governmental Estonian Institute to promote cultural contacts with the West & send Estonian students to study abroad
 worked as dramatist and producer of radio plays in the Estonian broadcasting
1953
 many books and films on more travels followed and were translated into a dozen languages
 significantly contributed to the preservation of the Estonian national identity; first to take protest abroad against Soviet plan of mining phosphate in Estonia (later: the "Singing Revolution")
1958
1988
 participated in the CSCE Conferences in Copenhagen, New York,

Ursula STENZEL

Member of the European Parliament

 After studies of journalism, contemporary history and political science she became foreign policy editor in the ORF (Austrian Broadoasting Corportation /Radio and Television).
 She worked in TV as single editor and was the first anchor woman to present the main news on Austrian TV. She did many reports on Spain and the Middle East and travelled widely in Europe.
 Ursula Stenzel won two elections to the European Parliament on top of the list of the Austrian People s Party.