Country: Finland
  • BRU:
    ASP 11E209 (Altiero Spinelli)
    Parlement européen
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel
    Phone: +32 (0)2 2845226
    Fax:+32 (0)2 2849226
  • STR:
    LOW T09044 (Louise Weiss)
    Parlement européen
    Allée du Printemps
    BP 1024/F
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175226
    Fax:+33 (0)3 88 179226
My Positions in Parliament:
  • Member - South Africa
  • Member - Industry, Research and Energy
  • Member - Kansallinen Kokoomus
  • Substitute - Arab Peninsula
  • Substitute - Transport and Tourism

Curriculum vitae

I joined the National Coalition Party, Kokoomus, when the debate about whether Finland should join the European Union or not was as its hottest. This was a time of the worst depression and youth unemployment in Finland and I was determined to work for a better future. I've been a member of the city council of Jyväskylä since 1997, and during 2005-2008 I was the Chairwoman of the council. Ten years after being elected to the city council, I was elected to the Finnish Parliament.

From December 2008-2011, I was Minister for Education and Science, and after the parliamentary elections in 2011, I became Minister of Public Administration and Local Government. After the Left Alliance left the government in March of 2014, I became the Transport Minister. In the European Parliament, I sit on the Industry, Research & Industry Committee and the Transport Committee.

MEP since 2014.


Press releases

20.10.2017 - 08:58

Virkkunen: EU voi ohjata kauppapolitiikalla maailman suuntaa

Kokoomuksen europarlamentaarikko Henna Virkkusen mielestä Euroopan unionin on otettava kauppapolitiikassa selkeästi globaalin johtajan rooli. ”Kun Yhdysvallat on vetäytym...
12.09.2017 - 07:47

Metsätaloudelle suotuisa kompromissi on tärkeä askel

Kokoomuksen europarlamentaarikko Henna Virkkunen on tyytyväinen, että metsienkäytön ilmastovaikutuksia linjaavasta LULUCF-asetuksesta on saatu EU-parlamentissa neuvoteltua mets...
Apple iPhone 6s plus with Airbnb application on the screen.
15.06.2017 - 10:46

Europe should not leave the sharing economy to the US

The collaborative economy is developing fast and Europe should not leave the opportunities of this digital revolution to the US. The sharing economy has meant EU citizens can now enjoy lower prices,...



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