LIVE Hearings today with Jutta Urpilainen Commissioner for International partnerships. Jutta Urpilainen is heard by the Committee on Development (DEVE) of the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament in Brussels test her general competences, European commitment and specific expertise related to her portfolio.


Who is Jutta Urpilainen?

Jutta Pauliina Urpilainen is a Finnish politician. She was the first female chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, which she led from 2008 to 2014. She was the Minister of Finance of Finland from 2011 to 2014. Today Jutta Urpilainen is Finland’s first female nominee for the post of Commissioner – designate in the forthcoming European Commission.

Jutta Urpilainen had planned a career as a musician, but chose teaching instead. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with a Master of Arts in Education. She worked as a class teacher in Helsinki as well as in her home town of Kokkola. Urpilainen also worked as Member of Parliament Säde Tahvanainen’s assistant and chairperson for the European Movement in Finland.

After the hearing by the Committee on Development (DEVE)​​​​​​​ of the European Parliament, the committee prepares an evaluation letter on the candidate. Parliament will vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.

European Commission by Ursula von der Leyen

The team of European Commissioners – proposed by its President-elect Ursula von der Leyen – ‘shall be subject as a body to a vote of approval by the European Parliament’.

Before taking this vote, European Parliament committees conduct hearings with the proposed Commissioners in accordance with Parliament’s internal Rules of Procedure.

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