Roberts Zīle is a Member of the European Parliament (EP) since 2004 and is a member of the ECR group. Mr. Zīle is the ECR group’s coordinator for the EP’s Transport and Tourism (TRAN) committee and a substitute member at the Economics and Monetary Affairs (ECON) committee. He is also a member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China. Previously, Mr. Zīle was a member of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) in its 6th, 7th, and 8th terms, with breaks from 1995 — 2002. Between February 1997 and November 1998, Mr Zīle served as the Minister of Finance. Later he served as the Minister of Special Affairs for cooperation with international financial institutions. In November 2002 he became the Minister of Transport and held this position until March 2004. Mr. Zile holds a PhD in Economics from the Latvian University of Agriculture in 1997 and is one of the founders of “Economists Association 2010”. Between 1992 and 1994, Mr. Zīle interned at the Iowa State University in the USA, at the Brandon University in Canada, and at the La Trobe University in Australia.