Valdis Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis
European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by Jyrki Katainen (Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro)
Prime Minister of Latvia
In office
12 March 2009  22 January 2014
President Valdis Zatlers
Andris Bērziņš
Preceded by Ivars Godmanis
Succeeded by Laimdota Straujuma
Minister of Finance
In office
7 November 2002  9 March 2004
Prime Minister Einars Repše
Preceded by Gundars Bērziņš
Succeeded by Oskars Spurdziņš
Personal details
Born (1971-08-05) 5 August 1971
Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR (present day Latvia)
Political party New Era Party (2002–2011)
Unity (2011–present)
Spouse(s) Ārija Dombrovska
Alma mater University of Latvia
Riga Technical University
University of Maryland, College Park

Valdis Dombrovskis (born 5 August 1971) is a Latvian politician and the current European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, serving since November 2014. He served as Prime Minister of Latvia from 2009 until 2014, when he resigned.[1] He served as Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004 and was a Member of the European Parliament for the New Era Party. Following the resignation of Jonathan Hill, it was announced that Dombrovskis will take over the portfolio for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union from 16 July 2016.

Education and science career

Born in Riga to a family with Polish roots (the original Polish surname is Dąbrowski), Dombrovskis earned a bachelor's degree in economics for engineers from Riga Technical University in 1995 and a master's degree in physics from the University of Latvia in 1996. He worked as a laboratory assistant at the Institute of Physics of the University of Mainz in Mainz, Germany, from 1995 to 1996, as an assistant at the University of Latvia's Institute of Solid-State Physics in 1997, and as a PhD student at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park for electrical engineering in 1998.

Political activity

In 2002 Dombrovskis became a board member of the New Era Party. He was Minister of Finance of Latvia from 2002 to 2004 and a Member of the Latvian Parliament during its 8th parliamentary term (2002–2004). Then he was Observer at the Council of the European Union (2003–2004).

As Member of the European Parliament, Dombrovskis was a member of three European Parliament Committees: Committee on Budgets, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a Substitute at Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Committee on Budgetary Control and delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

Dombrovskis was also one of six Members of the European Parliament participating in the European Union's observer mission in Togo for the October 2007 Togolese parliamentary election.[2]

On 26 February 2009, following the resignation of Ivars Godmanis, President Valdis Zatlers nominated Dombrovskis to succeed Godmanis as Prime Minister.[1] It was believed that his government would consist of three of the four previously governing parties (all but Godmanis' LPP/LC), his own New Era Party, and a smaller right-wing party (the Civic Union); the government was approved on 12 March 2009.[3]


Dombrovskis resigned as Prime Minister on 27 November 2013 following the Zolitūde shopping centre roof collapse in which 54 people were killed. He announced that a new government is needed with strong support in the parliament after the tragedy, considering all related circumstances. His spokesman said that "the government takes political responsibility for the tragedy".[4] He denied the president had urged him to step down, stating that he had considered the decision for days and that the country needs government with strong support in parliament in the moment of crisis.[5]

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Gundars Bērziņš
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Oskars Spurdziņš
Preceded by
Ivars Godmanis
Prime Minister of Latvia
Succeeded by
Laimdota Straujuma
Preceded by
Andris Piebalgs
Latvian European Commissioner
Preceded by
Jyrki Katainen
as European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro
European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue
Preceded by
Jonathan Hill
European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
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