Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish member of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. She is a former Finnish Minister of Environment (1991-1995), and her career at the Finnish parliament is extensive, ranging from the year 1983 to 2003. At the European Parliament, Sirpa Pietikäinen is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee as well as a substitute member of the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety Committee. She is active in several organizations. Her positions of trust include Chairmanship of the Globe EU and membership in The Board of Alzheimer Europe. Regarding gender equality, Sirpa Pietikäinen is currently a shadow rapporteur on the EU Pay Transparency Directive and EU’s third Gender Action Plan in the union’s external actions. She will soon take on the rapporteurship of the upcoming European Care Strategy. Ms Pietikäinen will be the “main” rapporteur of the strategy in the European Parliament, leading the negotiations with the shadow rapporteurs.
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