I am a Finnish Member of the European Parliament representing the Greens and Vice- President of the European Parliament.
This term I serve as a Member of the Committee on International Trade and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. I also serve as a Substitute Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs. In addition, I participate as a Member in the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and as a Substitute Member in the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.
I have formerly been a MEP from 1995 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2011, and now without interruption since 2014.
I was elected as Vice-President of the European Parliament in October 2017 and re-elected to this office in 2019.
The main themes in my work are human rights, openness, global justice and environmentally responsible legislation. I am the founder of the European Parliament working group for Responsible Business Conduct, which involves a number of stakeholders and MEPs from different political groups.
In Finland, I have served as a Member of Parliament from 1991 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2009. I chaired the Legal Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2009. From 2011 to 2013, I was the Minister for International Development and State Ownership Steering.
When it comes to my education, I hold a Master of Agriculture and Forestry (M.Sc.) degree.