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Katrin Saks (born November 29, 1956 in Tallinn) is an Estonian politician. She is the vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and works in Brussels as a Member of the European Parliament since October 2006, when she replaced Toomas Hendrik Ilves, elected President of Estonia.She lost her seat in 2009.



  • Estonian Diplomatic College, international relations and diplomacy (1993)
  • University of Tartu, journalism (1981)
  • Additional courses in Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the USA.

Professional Background

  • Concordia International University, lecturer (1998-2000)
  • Open Estonia Fund, project manager (1998-1999)
  • Estonian Television, programme director, member of the Board of Governors (1993-1997)
  • Estonian Television, journalist (1977-1997)

Political Work

  • Member of the European Parliament, Socialist Group (2006)
  • Member of the Estonian Parliament (2003-2006),
  • Member, European Union Affairs Committee; Vice-chairman, Cultural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Estonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

rapporteur on Finno-Ugric peoples in the Russian Federation (2003-2006)

  • Government of the Republic of Estonia, minister (1999-2002)


  • Möödukad Party (predecessor of the SDE) (1988), Vice-Chairman, SDE Party (2005).
  • Member, Broadcasting Council
  • Board of Trustees of Tartu University
  • Board of Trustees of the Estonian Music Academy
  • President, Union for Child Wellfare


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