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.

See Sirpa Pietikäinen’s CV here.

Photos of Sirpa Pietikäinen can be downloaded for media purposes on Flickr, here.

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!

Contacts

Iida Ahonen

Communications, media contacts

Maari Alanko

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

Essi Ervasti

ECON committee, finance, internal market, international trade

Laura Pätsi

FEMM committee, fundamental rights, health

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 2022

Pay Transparency Directive

Negotations on the European Parliament’s text on the Pay Transparency Directive have started in full force. I am the shadow rapporteur of my political group EPP and part of the Parliament’s negotiating team. Pay Transparency Directive is supposed to be on the plenary agenda in early 2022.

The upcoming pay transparency directive, in which I am the EPP Group’s shadow rapporteur in the European Parliament, is of utmost importance. We cannot fix issues we know nothing about. This applies strongly to pay inequalities and transparency as well as other gender equality issues. That is why it is so important that we have transparent and researched data and information, and this is why we need to have statistics on salaries and development of wages. That is why the directive on pay transparency, focusing on transparency of salaries and improving the legal protection of victims of pay discrimination, is so important.

The reality is that pay discrimination encountered especially by women stays still too often in the shadows, only because we do not know enough about the scale and prevalence of the pay gap as well as the structural reasons behind it – which is due to lack of transparency when it comes to wages. We need to harmonize tools and methods in Europe to tackle these issues. This directive is one of these tools. Unjustified pay differences can appear in the form of paying lower salaries to female workers for the exact same work than to their male colleagues.

In November 2021, we received all the amendments tabled for the EU’s Pay Transparency Directive for which I am the EPP Group’s shadow rapporteur. Over 1000 amendments were tabled on the committee level. Negotiations on the text started in late 2021 and are continuing actively in the beginning of 2022. Pay Transparency Directive is supposed to be on the plenary agenda at the parliament in early 2022.