Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party.
- From 2007–2016, Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu. From 2009–2016, she was the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and from 2007–2009, the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee.
In 2013, Kadri Simson was elected in Pärnu City Council and in 2009, she was elected as a member of Tallinn City Council.
From 2003–2007, Kadri Simson was the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party.
In 2003, Kadri Simson served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
From 2001–2002, Kadri Simson was the Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn and in 1999, the Advisor of Tallinn City Council.
From 1998–1999, Kadri Simson served as the Consultant of the European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu.
Born on 22 January 1977 in Tartu, Kadri Simson has graduated from Tartu Secondary School No. 10, acquired a degree in History at the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University College London.
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
The Minister is appointed and released from office by the Prime Minister.
- The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of results of national economic policy.
- The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure leads the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and decides on the matters within its area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry to the Government of the Republic and submits proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry’s area of government.
- The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure appoints the heads of state authorities belonging to the Ministry’s area of government as well as the deputy secretary generals and the heads of departments of the Ministry.
- The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure submits proposals to the Government on the Ministry’s budget and supplementary budget, if necessary. At the same time, he decides on the use of budget resources and monitors the implementation of the budget. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry’s area of government on the basis of the state budget.
- The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure decides on the establishment of the state authorities belonging to the Ministry’s area of administration and approves their statutes, structure, and work organisation.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
- Works to create conditions for increasing the competitiveness of the Estonian economy, and balanced and sustainable development through the development, implementation, and evaluation of results of national economic policy.
- Exercises the rights of a shareholder or a partner in companies, whose shares or units it rules.
- Administers the minimum stock of national liquid fuel.
- Develops and carries out national economic policy and economic development plans, and ensures that they are consistent with national priorities.
- Works in the name of enhancing the volume of technological development activities and raising innovation capability of businesses.
- Manages consumer protection and competition supervision.
- Develops and implements plans contributing to the development of public transport and enhancing the environmental friendliness and traffic safety of vehicles.
- Develops export and organises trade defence measures and is engaged in the matters related to regional business development.
- Co-ordinates the development of national information systems.