Latvian Academy of Art, art history (1981). Institute of International Relations, University of Leeds (1992). Study grant from the UN Human Rights Study Centre (1994). Institute of International Relations, University of Geneva (1995). First degree in art (1996).
Head of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (1990). Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1991). Latvia's ambassador to the European office of the United Nations in Geneva (1993). Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in France (1997). Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to UNESCO (2000). Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia (2002). Member, European Commission, responsible for agriculture and fisheries (2004). Adviser to the European Commissioner for Energy (2005). Member of the Latvian Parliament during its 9th parliamentary term (2006).
Secretary to the Council of Latvijas Tautas fronte (Latvian People's Front); vice-chair of the board (1988-1991). Member of the board, 'Jaunais Laiks' party (2006-2007). Chair, 'Pilsoniskā savienība' party (2008). Member of the board, 'Pilsoniskā savienība' party (2009).
Member of the Latvian Parliament during its 9th parliamentary term (2006). Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia (2002-2004). Member, European Commission (1 May 2004-18 November 2004).
Member, management board of the Robert Schuman Foundation (since 2004). Member of the board, Friends of Europe; member, editorial board of the journal Europe's World; member, board of the Political Innovation Foundation (since 2005). Member, board of Rural Investment Support for Europe (since 2008).
Book 'Latvijas tekstilmāksla' (Latvian textile arts) (1989). Book 'Es lauzu. Tu lauzi. Mēs lauzām. Viņi lūza' (I broke. You broke. We broke. They collapsed) (2000). Book 'Ar balles kurpēm Sibīrijas sniegos' (With Dance Shoes in Siberian Snows) (2001).
Commander of the Order of the Three Stars (1995). Latvian Government award (2000). Commander of the Legion of Honour (France) (2001). Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (France) (2002). Commander of the Grand Cross of Lielkunigaitis Ģedemins (Lithuania) (2004). Commander of the Grand Cross of Recognition (2005). Ethics and Culture Award (Switzerland) (2007). Gold medal for services to Europe (Luxembourg) (2009). Medal of the Baltic Assembly (2009).
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