Biography

Kaja Kallas (born 18 June 1977) is an Estonian politician. She is currently a Member of the European Parliament elected from Estonia and belongs to the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). She has previously worked as an attorney-at-law and been a Member of the Parliament of Estonia (Riigikogu), where she chaired the Econimics Affairs Committee. She is also a Vice-Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party. As an attorney, she specialised in the European and Estonian competition law.

She was a member of the XII composition of the Parliament of Estonia and the Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee from 2011 to 2014. Kallas was a member of the Estonian Bar Association since 1999 and an attorney-at-law since 2002. She has been a partner in law firms Luiga Mody Hääl Borenius and Tark & Co and worked as an executive coach in Estonian Business School. She is also a member of the European Antitrust Alliance. As of 26 March 2011 she has been placed on inactive status as a member of the Estonian Bar Association.

In 2014, Kaja Kallas was elected to the European Parliament with 21 498 votes, significantly improving her result from the elections to the National Parliament in 2011, when she was elected as a newcomer with 7157 votes.

In the European Parliament, Kaja Kallas is a Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU–Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. In addition she serves on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and is a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. She is a substitute for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Delegation for relations with the United States. In addition to her committee assignments, she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda and a Vice-Chair of the Youth Intergroup.

Kallas works on the Digital Single Market strategy, energy and consumer policies, as well as on the relations with Ukraine. She particularly stands for the rights of SMEs and holds that the borders in the digital world prevent innovative companies from emerging. She is a proponent of innovation and frequently emphasises that regulations can not and must not hinder the technological revolution.

So far, she has been the rapporteur for five reports: opinions on Civil law rules on robotics and on the Annual report on EU Competition Policy, and on Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers, legislation on Custom infringements and sanctions and the own-initiatative report on the Digital Single Market.

Kaja Kallas is the daughter of Siim Kallas, the former Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party and the former Vice-President of the European Commission.

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