Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 January 2002 – 8 February 2005
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
(1966-12-17) 17 December 1966 (age 50)
Reform Party, People’s Unity Party
Kristiina Ojuland (born 17 December 1966 in Kohtla-Järve, Estonia) is an Estonian politician. She was the Foreign Minister of Estonia from 2002 through 2005. In June 2004 she ran for the post of secretary-general of the Council of Europe, but was defeated, receiving 51 of 299 votes. She was a member of the Estonian Reform Party from 1995 till 5 June 2013 and from 2009 to 2014 she served as one of the six Estonian MEPs in the European parliament. She was expelled from the Reform Party because of alleged vote rigging on 5 June 2013. She later founded the People’s Unity Party, which failed to cross the 5% barrier in the 2015 parliamentary election.
She is a member of the Reconciliation of European Histories Group.
5 Personal life
In 1990 she received her LL.B. from University of Tartu. In 1992 she graduated from the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn and attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva special program. In 1993 she attended the Vienna School of International Studies, special program.
Between 1990 and 1992 Ojuland worked in the Draft Legislation Department of the Estonian Ministry of Justice. She moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992 to work on affairs related to the Council of Europe, and she was promoted to be Estonia’s Permanent Representative to the Council in 1993, a post she held for one year, before moving to become Director of the Estonian Broadcasting Association.
In 1994 she moved into politics, becoming a member of the Riigikogu and the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as chair of the Estonian-French parliamentary friendship group from 1996. She joined the Estonian Reform Party in 1995, becoming their Foreign Affairs Spokesperson. With the party’s affiliation to the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR), she rose to the post of Vice President in 1999, as well as Leader of the LDR group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to which she had been head of the Estonian Parliamentary Deleg