Could you explain to our readers when you decided to become a politician?
I have been told by my cousins, that I was only 6 years old, when I first said that I’ll become a Member of Parliement.

Did you have strong political beliefs during your youth?
Yes indeed, I was very eager in political issues already in my early teens.

Was the choice of becoming a “full time politician” difficult to make?
I started as a farmer. Being many years involved in local governance I found a good possibility to be elected in Parliament in 1987. And I was elected.

If you had to describe your political convictions with 5 words…
Individual freedom, responsibility, democracy, market economy…

How could you present the National Coalition Party to our readers who don’t know it?
Our ideological ground is based on following principles: securing the conditions for life, individual freedom and responsibility, spiritual growth, equality and security, pluralistic democracy and a market economy operating on people’s and nature’s terms. The National Coalition Party is a future-oriented citizens’ party.

As a member of the Parliament, what will be your priorities for the near future?
During this parliamentary season my party is in opposition. I´ll try to make good and critical political initiatives to improve employment and a good economic development.

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a politician?
The positive aspect is that there are never two similar days. The negative aspect is – a true problem of being a politician – the continuous lack of time.

Do you consider it as a profession or is it more than that?
Being a politician is a profession, but most of all it is a way of life too.

If you had the possibility to totally change your profession. What would you choose?
Back to my farm!

Why do you think that in Europe people become less and less interested in politics?
All issues have become more complicated, and (which is positive) differences between social classes and parties are smaller than earlier.

What should be done to change this situation?
We should learn to speak more in people’s language. Barriers are strong, when decision makers speak language which a normal person cannot understand. We also should make things more understandable and provide more ways of being part of decisions.