I am Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish Member of the European Parliament representing the European People’s Party (EPP) since 2008. I was Finland’s Minister of Environment from 1991 to 1995 and a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003.
At the European Parliament, I am a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM), as well as substitute in the Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI). In 2015 I was the rapporteur of the resolution on circular economy, and I have given hundreds of speeches about eco-design, waste reduction and policies supporting growth in circular economic practices.
I am committed to the idea of a Europe with a human face, a Europe that guarantees the respect of human rights, equal opportunities, social inclusion and access to high quality services. To achieve this, Europe needs economic stability and growth.
Prosperous Europe needs enhanced surveillance of the financial sector as well as transparency. Investments in education and research are needed to foster innovations that allow us to benefit from digitalization and to move towards a circular economy.
I believe these new business models and paradigm changes are essential in the creation of an environmentally friendly Europe, in which production and consumption are designed in a way that allows our beautiful continent to be viable for all the generations to come. Europe should lead the way and keep the environment high on its agenda including in its external policies to reach international agreements.
But the EU cannot give responses on its own to issues concerning prosperity, fair economic competition, the environment or security. The common mission of the Union shall thus be the reinforcement and the reform of multilateral negotiation procedures on the international level. The EU can be a great hub of global influence when it stresses better policy making through international organisations. This is my idea of a ”Global Europe”.
My parliamentary activities: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/40599/SIRPA_PIETIKAINEN_home.html
My assistants at the Parliament are Maari, Laura and Essi. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, meeting requests, or any other demands. Comments on my parliamentary work are also more than welcome.
Maari Alanko +32-2-48 37264 maari.alanko (at)europarl.europa.eu
Essi Ervasti +32-2-28 47264 essi.ervasti (at)europarl.europa.eu
Laura Pätsi +32-2-28-38264 laura.patsi (at) ep.europa.eu
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