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Member of Parliament
Centre Party

FI - 00102 - Helsinki

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Member: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe since 22/06/2015

In the Assembly

  • since 24/06/2019 Representative - Finland
  • from 22/06/2015 to 23/06/2019 Substitute - Finland

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 24/06/2019)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 24/06/2019)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (since 22/03/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 28/01/2020 to 24/01/2021)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 25/01/2018 to 23/06/2019)
  • Vice-Chairperson: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 26/01/2017 to 24/01/2018)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 30/09/2015 to 23/06/2019)
  • Alternate of Mr Sinuhe WALLINHEIMO (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 22/06/2015 to 23/06/2019)


Last speeches

21/06/2021 | 19:59:36 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Madam President, dear colleagues, I am happy to agree with previous speakers who have strongly condemned the prosecution of Turkish and Spanish parliamentarians. A politician’s wide freedom of speech, especially in parliamentary but also in public debate, are preconditions for the realization of democracy. As Mr. Cilevics underlines in his report, it does not allow for politicians to use hate speech, instigate violence or to weaken democracy... 28/01/2020 | 17:14:14 Thank you, Madam President. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, let me start by congratulating our esteemed colleague, Lord George FOULKES, for this excellent and timely report. Journalism is an indispensable fourth pillar in Montesquieu’s separation of powers. It plays an essential role in democratic societies as it questions decision-making, reveals wrongdoings and presents us with sometimes also inconvenient facts. A free and functioning media is the only... 23/01/2019 | 16:44:30 Thank you, Mister President. Dear colleagues, I thank you all for your comments and views. First, I intend to underline the importance of countering this information disorder and propaganda in all countries, in all Member States and in all societies. The speech by our Polish colleague, Mr Krzysztof TRUSKOLASKI, reminds us all of how important these reports and recommendations are, given the situation in Europe at the moment. Broadcast news – be it the media, public or private – is under... 23/01/2019 | 10:14:44 It is my privilege and honour to present this report in our Assembly. As has been stated by previous speakers, media freedom is a precondition for free democratic societies and free and fair elections, as well as an enabler of freedom of speech and thought. This topic is particularly relevant for me personally. Finland will have general elections in April this year and, as a politician – as we all are – I will be depending on media for coverage but at the same time will be much scrutinised by...