Anneli Jäätteenmäki

Member European Parliament

Member European Parliament

Anneli Jäätteenmäki was born in 1955 in Lapua in Western Finland and is a member of the Suomen Keskusta (the Finnish Centre Party), part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament. Jäätteenmäki graduated with a Master of Law with court training. She worked as a lawyer from 1981 to 1987 before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1987. From 1994 to 1995 she was a Minister for Justice. Between 1987 and 1994 she was a Member of Finland’s delegation to the Nordic Council and Chairwoman of its Environment Committee. During 1995-2003 Jäätteenmäki was a Vice-Chairwoman of Finland’s delegation to the Council of Europe. From 2003 to 2004 she was a substitute member of Finland’s delegation to the Council of Europe. In 2000 Jäätteenmäki became the Vice-Chairwoman of the Centre Party of Finland and Chairwoman from 2002 to 2003. This nomination was remarkable as Jäätteenmäki was the first Chairwoman in any Finnish big party. In 2005 Jäätteenmäki was elected as Chairwoman of Suomen Keskustanaiset, the biggest political women’s organisation in Finland. The Centre Party of Finland was in opposition for 8 years before Jäätteenmäki led them to a victory over the Social Democratic Party, making Jäätteenmäki the Prime Minister of Finland in 2003. Jäätteenmäki was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Finland in 2004 receiving the highest number of votes with over 149,000. She currently sits as a Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Constituional Affairs and as a full member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. She is also a member of the delegation for relations with the United States. As a substitute member Jäätteenmäki sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the subcommittee on Security and Defence, and the Temporary Committee on Climate Change. She is also part of the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and to the delegation of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.



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