Tallinn, Riigikogu, 4 December 2013 - Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus assumed office today, taking the oath of office before the Riigikogu.
“In undertaking to perform the duties of a member of the Government of the Republic, I am aware that I shall bear responsibility in this office before the Republic of Estonia and my conscience. I solemnly swear to remain faithful to the constitutional order of the Republic of Estonia and to devote my strength to securing the welfare and future of the people of Estonia”, said Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves named Urve Tiidus as the new Minister of Culture on the proposal of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip. According to law, the Minister can begin performing her duties after taking the oath of office before the Riigikogu.
Minister of Culture Rein Lang submitted his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip on Monday. Today, the President of the Republic released Lang from the position of Minister of Culture.
Prior to assuming her position as Minister of Culture, Urve Tiidus served as a member of the Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee.
From 2005-2011, Urve Tiidus was the Mayor of Kuressaare. From 1999-2001, Urve Tiidus served as the Director of the Kuressaare City Government\'s Department of Education and Culture. Urve Tiidus has worked for a long time in the field of journalism, working for Eesti Televisioon from 1977-1991 and from 1995-1999. During the period 2001-2005, she was a news anchor in the Kanal 2 news division.
Urve Tiidus has a degree in English Philology.
Photos of Urve Tiidus taking the oath of office can be viewed here: http://valitsus.ee/et/uudised/pildialbum#2597-1