Mika Lintilä

Mika Tapani Lintilä (born 15 April 1966) is a Finnish politician currently serving as Minister of Economic Affairs since 2019.[1] A member of the Centre Party, he has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1999.[2] Lintilä has formerly served as Minister of Economic Affairs in the Sipilä Cabinet from 2016 to 2019 and as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Finland in the Rinne Cabinet in 2019.[3]

Mika Lintilä
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34th Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
In office
6 June 2019 – 12 September 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded byPetteri Orpo
Succeeded byKatri Kulmuni
Minister of Finance
In office
6 June 2019 – 10 December 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded byPetteri Orpo
Succeeded byKatri Kulmuni
Minister of Economic Affairs
Assumed office
10 December 2019
Prime MinisterSanna Marin
Preceded byKatri Kulmuni
In office
29 December 2016 – 6 June 2019
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byOlli Rehn
Succeeded byKatri Kulmuni
Personal details
Born (1966-04-15) 15 April 1966 (age 55)
Toholampi, Finland
Political partyCentre
Alma materTampere University
Websitewww.mikalintila.fi

Early life and educationEdit

Lintilä is the son of the Centre Party MP Aaro Lintilä.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences from Tampere University.[5]

Political careerEdit

Member of the Finnish Parliament, 1999–presentEdit

Lintilä has been serving as a member of the Finnish Parliament since the 1999 elections. He has since served on a variety of committees, including the following:

  • Commerce Committee (member) 7 April 1999 – 18 March 2003
  • Committee for the Future (deputy member) 23 April 1999 – 29 February 2000, (deputy member) 3 March 2000 – 15 March 2002, (member) 19 March 2002 – 18 March 2003, (deputy member) 3 April 2007 – 2 May 2007, (member) 5 May 2015 – 8 June 2015
  • Finance Committee (deputy member) 28 November 2000 – 4 September 2001, (deputy member) 2 April 2003 – 25 April 2003, (member) 29 April 2003 – 20 March 2007, (member) 3 May 2007 – 19 April 2011, (deputy member) 3 May 2011 – 29 June 2011, (member) 30 June 2011 – 21 April 2015
  • Administration Committee (deputy member) 2 April 2003 – 8 September 2006, (deputy member) 5 May 2015 – 8 June 2015
  • Subcommittee for Administration and Control (member) 8 April 2003 – 20 March 2007
  • Tax Subcommittee (member) 8 April 2003 – 20 March 2007, (Chair) 4 May 2007 – 19 April 2011, (member) 1 September 2011 – 21 April 2015
  • Subcommittee for Education and Science (additional member) 8 April 2003 – 5 May 2003, (member) 6 May 2003 – 20 March 2007
  • Sub-committee for Employment and the Economy (member) 4 May 2007 – 19 April 2011, (member) 1 September 2011 – 21 April 2015
  • Social Affairs and Health Committee (member) 3 May 2011 – 29 June 2011
  • Audit Committee (member) 30 June 2011 – 21 April 2015
  • Transport and Communications Committee (member) 5 May 2015 – 8 June 2015
  • Electors (member) 6 April 1999 – 29 February 2000
  • Parliamentary Auditors (deputy member) 1 January 2000 – 31 December 2007
  • Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (member) 14 April 2000 – 2 May 2007, (Chair) 30 November 2004 – 2 May 2007
  • Parliamentary State Auditors (deputy member) 1 January 2004 – 20 March 2007
  • Parliamentary Supervisory Council (member) 3 May 2007 – 29 June 2011
  • Commissioners to the Government Guarantee Fund (member) 30 June 2011 – 12 March 2015, (vice chair) 21 September 2011 – 12 March 2015
  • Finance Committee (member) 9 June 2015 – present
  • Subcommittee for Administration and Security (member) 11 September 2015 – present
  • Tax Subcommittee (Chair) 11 September 2015 – present
  • Commerce Committee (member) 9 June 2015 – present

In addition to his committee assignments, Lintilä has been a deputy member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council (since 1999) and a full member of the delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (since 2015).[6]

Minister of Economic Affairs, 2016–2019Edit

On 27 October 2016, Lintilä was elected within the Centre Party to follow Olli Rehn as a Minister of Economic Affairs starting 29 December 2016.[7][8]

During his time in office, Finland's center-right government sold stakes in oil refiner and biofuel company Neste[9] while also strengthening national influence over the telecom network gear maker Nokia.[10]

Minister of Finance, 2019Edit

Following the 2019 national elections, the Centre Party named Mika Lintilä as its candidate for the post of finance minister in the newly formed, centre-left coalition government led by Prime Minister Antti Rinne of the Social Democrats.[11] In this capacity, he chaired the meetings of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council when Finland held the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019.[12]

After the collapse of the Rinne Cabinet, the leader of the Center Party Katri Kulmuni took the seat of the Minister of Finance in the following Marin Cabinet, while Lintilä was given the portfolio of the Minister of Economic Affairs[13]

Other activitiesEdit

European Union organizationsEdit

International organizationsEdit

Finnish organizationsEdit

  • Yle, Member of the Administrative Council (2011–2019)
  • Bank of Finland, Deputy Member of the Board of Auditors (2004-2006)

Political positionsEdit

In response to the 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires, Lintilä demanded publicly that the European Union should block imports of beef from Brazil, and also consider a suspension of soybeans import to put pressure on the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to counter the fires.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tässä ovat Marinin hallituksen ministerit – joukko äänikuningattaria, pikapaluun tekijä, maailman nuorin pääministeri" (in Finnish). Yle. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  2. ^ "MPs: Mika Lintilä". Parliament of Finland. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Katri Kulmunista pääministerin ensimmäinen sijainen". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Mika Lintilä – Hevosmies ministeriksi". Yle. MPs: Mika Lintilä. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  5. ^ Board of Governors: Mika Lintilä European Stability Mechanism.
  6. ^ "Tervetuloa Mika Lintilän kotisivuille – Mika Lintilä". www.mikalintila.fi.
  7. ^ "Ministeriksi valittu Mika Lintilä: "Odotin tätä 18 vuotta"". Iltalehti.fi. MPs: Mika Lintilä. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  8. ^ Tuomas Forsell (27 October 2016), Finnish MP Lintila named as new Minister of Economic Affairs: PM Sipila Reuters.
  9. ^ Jussi Rosendahl (13 June 2018), Finland cuts stake in biofuel firm Neste with $1 billion deal Reuters.
  10. ^ Jussi Rosendahl (13 March 2018), Finland boosts influence on Nokia with $1 billion investment Reuters.
  11. ^ Tarmo Virki (3 June 2019), Finland's Centre names Mika Lintila for finance minister in new cabinet Reuters.
  12. ^ Francesco Guarascio (13 September 2019), EU should stop import of beef, soybeans from Brazil over Amazon fires: Finland Reuters.
  13. ^ "Katri Kulmunista valtiovarainministeri, Mika Lintilä siirtyy elinkeinoministeriksi – vaihto tuli muulle puolueelle yllätyksenä" (in Finnish). Yle. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  14. ^ Board of Governors European Investment Bank (EIB).
  15. ^ Board of Governors: Mika Lintilä European Stability Mechanism.
  16. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  17. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  18. ^ Board of Governors Nordic Investment Bank (NIB).
  19. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  20. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  21. ^ Francesco Guarascio (13 September 2019), EU should stop import of beef, soybeans from Brazil over Amazon fires: Finland Reuters.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Finance
2019
Succeeded by