Yana Toom

Estonian politician
Yana Toom
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Member of the European Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyEstonia
Personal details
Born
Jana Tšernogorova

15 October 1966 (1966-10-15) (age 56)
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Estonian
Estonian Centre Party
 EU
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Websitewww.yanatoom.ee

Yana Toom (born Jana Tšernogorova, formerly Yana Litvinova; 15 October 1966) is an Estonian politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party.[1]

Born to ethnic Russian immigrant parents, Toom become a naturalized citizen of Estonia in 2008. In the 2015 Estonian elections, Toom was also elected to the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) with 11,573 votes; she decided to not become MP and kept her MEP seat in the European Parliament instead.[2]

A member of the ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), Toom currently serves on the Committee on Petitions (since 2014) and the Committee on Regional Development (since 2021).[3] She was previously a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (2014–2021) and her parliamentary group's coordinator on the Committee on Culture and Education (2014–2019).

In addition to her committee assignments, Toom has been part of the parliament's delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee since 2014. She is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence and Digital,[4] the European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights[5] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages.[6]

Toom was re-elected in 2019.[7]

Controversy

In July 2016, Toom was part of a small delegation of MEPs, including Javier Couso Permuy and Tatjana Ždanoka, which traveled to Damascus to meet Bashar Al-Assad.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Yana TOOM". Europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  2. ^ Cynthia Kroet (March 2, 2015), Reform Party wins Estonian election European Voice.
  3. ^ Mia Bartoloni (February 12, 2021), Movers & Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  4. ^ Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence and Digital European Parliament.
  5. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
  6. ^ Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages European Parliament.
  7. ^ "Eestist valitud Euroopa Parlamendi liikmed on teada". Pärnu Postimees (in Estonian). 2019-05-27. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  8. ^ Maïa de La Baume (July 4, 2017), Push to crack down on rogue European Parliament missions Politico Europe.
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