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Cecilia Karin Maria Wikström, née Sundström, originally Nodbjörk (born 17 October 1965 in Svanstein, Övertorneå Municipality, Norrbotten County) is a Swedish politician who served as Member of the European Parliament from 2009 until 2019. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Sweden, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Cecilia Wikström

Cecilia Wikström (Martin Rulsch) 1.jpg
Chair of the European Parliament Petitions Committee
In office
7 July 2014 – 2 July 2019
Preceded byNew position
Member of the European Parliament
In office
14 July 2009 – 2 July 2019
ConstituencySweden
Member of the Swedish Parliament
In office
30 September 2002 – 13 July 2009
ConstituencyUppsala County
Personal details
Born
Cecilia Karin Maria Sundström

(1965-10-17) 17 October 1965 (age 54)
Svanstein, Norrbotten, Sweden
Political party Swedish:
Liberal Party
 EU:
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Spouse(s)Björn Bolin
Jan-Erik Wikström
Alma materUppsala University
Websitewww.ceciliawikstrom.eu
Video-Introduction

She is also a priest in the Church of Sweden and the author of several books. She was married to former Swedish Minister for Education Jan-Erik Wikström from 1995 to 2010, and before that to the Swedish priest Björn Bolin.

Cecilia Wikström got her Bachelor of Theology at the Department of Theology at Uppsala University in 1993. She has had various positions in the Church of Sweden, such as parish minister, university chaplain, prison chaplain, and canon of the Uppsala Cathedral.

Political careerEdit

Member of the Swedish Parliament, 2002–2009Edit

Between 2002 and 2009, Wikström was a member of the Swedish Parliament for the Liberal People's Party (today simply the Liberals). She was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Wikström has been very engaged in questions relating to freedom of expression, in Sweden as well as in other countries.

In 2009 Wikström ran for the elections to the European Parliament on June 7. She was the third name on the Swedish Liberal People's Party list and was elected to represent the party in the European Parliament. Hence, she left her post in the Swedish Parliament in July 2009.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–2019Edit

Wikström is a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of the European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

In the European Parliament, Cecilia Wikström was from 2009 to 2014 a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), where she also is the coordinator of the ALDE group. In 2012, she was appointed into the Advisory Committee of the European Parliament, a consultative ethics committee consisting of five senior MEPs who act as advisors to other colleagues on ethical issues.

In spring 2013, Wikström was appointed to represent the Alde group in the delegation that negotiated a new agreement between the European Parliament and other institutions on how the European Parliament should have access to classified documents related to the common policy of security and foreign affairs.

She was substitute member of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

In the 2014-2019 legislature, Wikström was a full member of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and was formerly a substitute member of the Committee of Legal Affairs (JURI). On 7 July 2014, she was elected a Chairwoman of the Committee for Petitions. From 2017, Wikström chaired the Conference of Committee Chairs. She was also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Western Sahara[1] and the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.[2] and vice-chair of the Intergroup for Disabled People.

On 29 March 2019 the Liberal Party decided on their list of candidates for the 2019 EU election, on which Wikström would not appear.[3]

Other activitiesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Wikström has written and published two books. In 2004 she published När livet går sönder, a book about crisis management. Her second book I tillitens tecken was published in 2006. She has also held various positions in national and regional boards, such as the Swedish UNESCO Board, the Police County Board and Liberal Women group in Uppsala County. Since 2001 she is the owner and executive Director of Wikström Consulting LTD.

Wikström is of Tornedalian descent.[5][6] Tiina Laitila Kälvemark

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara
  2. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  3. ^ "Wikström inte med på Liberalernas EU-lista". Göteborgs-Posten. Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Statements". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  5. ^ "Cecilia Wikström: En halua nähdä populistien hallitsemaa Eurooppaa" (in Finnish). Sveriges Radio. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2019. ... tornionlaaksolaistaustainen europarlamentaarikko Cecilia Wikström ...
  6. ^ Laitila Kälvemark, Tiina (28 October 2006). "Valtiopäiviltä löytyy vieläkin ruotsinsuomalaisia" (in Finnish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 21 August 2019. ... on osin suomalainen tausta, samoin kansanpuolueen Cecilia Wikströmillä.

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