Sirpa

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 the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM), as well as substitute in the Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI).

I have been the rapporteur and shadow rapporteur of the Parliament’s texts 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, rule of law, democracy, 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. Only by becoming continuously wiser and more flexible can we stay at the top of international competition. Only a prosperous Europe can build well-being and protect environment, and the other way around – only a society that takes care of its citizens and of the environment can be prosperous. Human, economic and environmental well-being are an inseparable entity.

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 continent to be viable for the generations to come. Europe should lead the way and keep the environment high on its agenda including in its external policies to reach ambitious international agreements. In the near future, decisions makers are responsible for keeping our globe viable.

However, 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 organizations. This is my idea of a ”Global Europe”.

You can check my parliamentary activities here.

My assistants at the Parliament are Maari, Laura, Essi and Iida. Do not hesitate to contact us (contact details below) if you have questions, meeting requests or any other demands. Comments on my parliamentary work are also more than welcome. I am looking forward to your contact!

Sirpa Pietikäinen’s CV

Photos for press use (Flickr)

Contacts

Iida Ahonen

FEMM committee, fundamental rights, health, meetings in Brussels

Essi Ervasti

ECON committee, sustainable finance and taxonomy, internal market, international trade, education, culture

Kristian Peitsara

ENVI committee, circular economy, education, culture, meetings in Brussels

Pirjo Mäljä

Meetings and activities in Finland

Petteri Mäkitalo

Trainee.

Postal Addresses

In Brussels

European Parliament
Parlement Européen
ASP 9 E 153
Rue Wiertz 60
B-1047 Bruxelles
Belgium
tel. +32-2-284 5264
fax. +32-2284 9264

In Strasbourg

European Parliament
Parlament Européen
LOW-08.053
Allée du Printemps
F-67070 Strasbourg
France
tel. +33-3-881 75264
fax. +33-3-881 79264

Kuukauden puheenaihe
January 2023

Glance to the past year 2022

Happy New Year 2023! At the beginning of the year, it’s always good to reflect on the past year. The year 2022 was certainly special for many of us, even sad or shocking. So many unexpected things have happened that it has been difficult to keep up with the events.

Last year, a war broke out in Europe for the first time in decades, and sadly, there is no end in sight. The war has brought with it not only an immense amount of unjustified and senseless suffering and death, but also as by-products, for example, refugee and energy crisis and accelerating inflation. The entire EU knows these consequences of the war and has had to deal with them together, and the themes of the energy crisis, inflation and rising prices are guaranteed to continue in 2023 as well.

While there is never anything good about war, hopefully we saw some glimmers of hope over the past year. The desire to help people has awakened. In the midst of a crisis, we see how good can still win in the world.

The year 2022 was colored by continuous work to help Ukraine and Ukrainians, the sanctions imposed on Russia and curbing the energy crisis and inflation, but in the EU we also promoted other legislation. It is important that the previously planned legislative work also continues during crises. Climate change, loss of biodiversity or inequality will not go away because of war. Work on these topics must continue because it will create a more prosperous, ecological and humane Europe in the post-crisis era.

Upcoming legislation makes Europe a better place

Last year, I was involved in making legislation, which I believe is part of the power of change and a better post-crisis Europe. In July, we approved the care report in the European Parliament, of which I was the second chief negotiator in the Parliament. In the report, we demand equal access to high-quality, affordable and accessible care for all Europeans, more support for family caregivers, and common EU metrics for measuring high-quality care. The care industry is still too unequal for both care recipients and care workers across Europe.

In addition, I have been negotiating the EU’s future salary transparency directive all year, which aims to close the gender pay gap by making salary information more transparent and companies’ hiring practices more gender-neutral. First, we negotiated the Parliament’s own position on the directive in the spring of 2022, and autumn 2022 was spent in tripartite negotiations between the Parliament and the EU member states on the final form of the directive. An agreement was reached on the directive just before Christmas, and we completed a good text that will make the labor market fairer for many European women.

In the environmental committee, on the other hand, in the summer and autumn of 2022, I was the chief negotiator in the committee’s opinion on EU environmental criminal legislation. We demand, among other things, environmental crimes to the same level as economic crimes, better investigation of environmental crimes and the definition of natural destruction (so-called ecocide) as an environmental crime. The statement we negotiated seems to bear fruit, as it has also been included in the statements of other committees.