Government formally nominates Finland’s next EU Commissioner

Jutta Urpilainen (SDP) will take over from the current Finnish Commissioner Jyrki Katainen (NCP).

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File picture of Jutta Urpilainen, March 2013 / Credit, Janne Suhonen, VNK

The Government has formally nominated Jutta Urpilainen (SDP) as Finland’s next EU Commissioner.

An experienced politician, Urpilainen has represented her Vaasa constituency in parliament since 2003. She’s been a Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2011-2014; and was the first female leader of the Social Democrats.

Before moving into politics, Urpilainen worked a school teacher.

When the Social Democrats first names Urpilainen as their EU choice, Prime Minister Antti Rinne said that she had demonstrated various competences for the job.

“I feel she is the right choice for the demanding task of the EU Commissioner […] now is the time to break this glass ceiling” he said. Urpilainen would become Finland’s first female EU Commissioner.

Timings and procedures to take the role 

The terms of Finland’s current commissioner, Jyrki Katainen (NCP), ends on 31st October, and the next President of the European Commission will discuss with the Finnish government about which portfolio they hope to get, and what jobs match Urpilainen’s skills.

In the past, Finnish Commissioners have held roles in budget, personnel and administration; enterprise and information society; EU enlargement; economic and monetary affairs; and jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness – the Commissioner’s job currently held by Katatinen.