Minister of Entrepreneurship
Republic of Estonia
Liisa Oviir is the Minister of Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Estonia since 15 September 2015. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party. In 2008–2015, Oviir worked as the Head Lawyer in Eesti Energia AS. Eesti Energia is an international energy company that operates in the energy market of the Baltic and Nordic countries.
Before that, from 1998-2008, Oviir worked as a lawyer in Tallink Group AS. Tallink Group is the leading provider of high-quality mini-cruise and passenger transport services in the northern Baltic Sea region, as well as the provider of ro-ro cargo services.
Born on March 1, 1977, in Tallinn, Oviir has graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu in 2000.
She is a member of the Estonian Women’s Association and has two sons.
The duties of the Minister of Entrepreneurship include participation in the elaboration of policies aimed at supporting the development of entrepreneurship, export development, involvement of foreign investments, technological development activities and innovation, co-ordination of the implementation of such policies and planning the required funding. The Minister is responsible for drafting economic analyses and forecasts for co-ordinated sectors and spheres. The Minister participates in the European Union decision making process and international co-operation, related to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the governmental authorities within its area of government.