Minister of Finance

Vice-Chairman of the Reform Party Jürgen Ligi has been the Minister of Finance since July 2009. In the cabinet being established he has been nominated for the post of Minister of Finance.

Mr Ligi has been a member of the each of the last four Riigikogus. In March 2011 he was elected a member of the 12th Riigikogu. From 2005 to 2007 he was the Minister of Defence. Mr Ligi also has work experience in banking (as head of the Kuressaare branch of EVEA Bank) and he has been an economic adviser and consultant in a local authority and a business organisation.

Mr Ligi has a double degree from the University of Tartu: in 1982 he graduated with a degree in geography and in 1993 as a specialist in foreign economics. In 1996 he was awarded an MBA degree from the Estonian Business School. The most important of his free time activities is sport. He is the champion in triathlon in his age group in Estonia. Jürgen Ligi is married and has two sons.

Date and place of birth: 16 July 1959, Tartu

1994−1996 Estonian Business School (MBA programme)
1989−1993 University of Tartu (foreign economics)
1977−1982 Tartu State University (geography)
1977          Tartu Secondary School no. 2

2009−2011 Minister of Finance
2007−2009 11th Riigikogu
2005−2007 Minister of Defence
2003−2005 10th Riigikogu
1999−2003 9th Riigikogu
1995−1999 8th Riigikogu
1993−1995 EVEA Bank, Kuressaare branch, head
1992−1993 Kaarma Municipal Government, Economic Adviser
1990−1992 Consultant on entrepreneurial activities
1989−1990 Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Saaremaa Department, Head
1989−1989 Saaremaa Agro-Industrial Association, Chief Specialist
1982−1989 Planning Institute, Economist

Foreign language skills: Russian, English and Finnish

Party membership: Estonian Reform Party