Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish member of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European parliament. Ms. Pietikäinen is former Finnish Minister of Environment (1991-1995). Her career at the Finnish parliament is extensive, ranging from the year 1983 to 2003. She first came to the European parliament to replace Alexander Stubb in 2008, and was re-elected in 2009.
In the European parliament, Ms. Pietikäinen is the first vice-chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, and substitute Member in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and in the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee. She was also the EPP-shadow person attending the work of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics, Ms. Pietikäinen has MSc (Business), and still teaches university courses on negotiations theory and practices.
Ms. Pietikäinen has a long track-record in the field of promoting sustainable development. She has actively worked with a number of NGOs promoting environmental issues, democracy, and human rights.