Kadri Simson

Kadri Simson (née Must, born 22 January 1977) is an Estonian politician from the Centre Party, European Commissioner for Energy in the von der Leyen Commission since 1 December 2019.[1] She was previously Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications in Jüri Ratas' first cabinet from 2016 to 2019.

Kadri Simson
European Commissioner for Energy
Assumed office
1 December 2019
PresidentUrsula von der Leyen
Preceded byMiguel Arias Cañete
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
In office
23 November 2016  29 April 2019
Prime MinisterJüri Ratas
Preceded byKristen Michal
Succeeded byTaavi Aas
Personal details
Born (1977-01-22) 22 January 1977 (age 44)
Tartu, Estonia
Political partyCentre Party
Other political
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
EducationUniversity of Tartu
University College London

In 2015 she unsuccessfully challenged party leader Edgar Savisaar for his role after an almost uninterrupted 25-year tenure. Savisaar won the vote of 541 delegates, to Simson's 486, from a total of 1,051.[2]

From 2009 to 2016 Simson was the chairwoman of the Centre Party fraction in the Riigikogu.


  1. "Kadri Simson". European Commission. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  2. "Savisaar beats Simson in party leadership race". err.ee. Retrieved 29 December 2015.