Cecilia Malmström

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Cecilia Malmström
Cecilia Malmström (cropped).jpg
European Commissioner for Home Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Jacques Barrot
Minister for European Union Affairs
In office
6 October 2006 – 22 January 2010
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Birgitta Ohlsson
Personal details
Born (1968-05-15) 15 May 1968 (age 46)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Liberal People's Party
Alma mater University of Paris
University of Gothenburg
Signature
Website Official website
Commissioner Malmström at the Gothenburg Book Fair, 2011.

Anna Cecilia Malmström (born 15 May 1968) is a Swedish Politician currently serving as European Commissioner for Home Affairs in the Barroso Commission.

Prior to her appointment as a Commissioner, she had served as a Member of the European Parliament 1999–2006 and as Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs 2006–2010. She is a member of the Liberal People's Party, which is a represented by the A.L.D.E. in the European Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Commissioner Malmström was born in Brännkyrka församling in Stockholm but grew up in Gothenburg and in France (where she studied literature in 1987 at the University of Paris). She has also worked at Stuttgart and Barcelona. She is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish and French, and she also has a good standard of German and Italian.

She was a student at Gothenburg University from 1992 to 1999: assistant researcher (1994); PhD in political science with thesis titled The Region, Power and Glory: Regional Parties in Western Europe[1] (1998); Lecturer at the Department of Government (1998–99). She has researched and taught in European politics, regionalism, immigration, and terrorism. She has been a member of the Liberal Party since the late 1980s, sitting as party executive since 1997, and was a member of in the Västra Götaland Regional Council from 1998–2001. In 2007, when Jan Björklund was elected party leader, she was appointed first vice party chairman.

European Parliament[edit]

In 1999 Commissioner Malmström was elected as a M.E.P. for Sweden and she was re-elected again in 2004. During her tenure she served on the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and also on the subcommittees for Human Rights and Security & Defence. She was also vice chair of the Parliament's delegations to Hungary (before it joined in 2004) and Croatia.

During her time as a M.E.P., she initiated the oneseat.eu web campaign,[2] which aims to make the European Parliament permanently seated in Brussels. It was the first such petition to gain one million signatures, a nod to the right of petition under the Treaty of Lisbon.

Minister for European Affairs[edit]

Following the 2006 Swedish elections which saw the victory of the centre-right coalition of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Commissioner Malmström returned to Sweden to take up the job of Minister for European Affairs in Reinfeldt's cabinet on 6 October 2006. This included institutional issues, review of the EU budget, Baltic Sea Strategy, the Lisbon Strategy and preparing for the then-upcoming Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Commissioner Malmström supports Swedish adoption of the euro currency and in August 2007 she was one of the politicians calling for another referendum on euro membership (first was in 2003). "We respect the result of the referendum, of course, but still think that one should be able to argue for something one believes in ... A lot had changed since the 2003 referendum ... Slovenia has joined, Malta and Cyprus are joining at the beginning of next year. Next year, at least two Baltic countries will join. In 2010–11 there could be eight or nine new members. The more members there are, the greater the political price of being outside, because we can't make a difference ... Sweden had lost out economically by not joining the single European currency." She cited a report from the National Board of Trade: "We have lost 100 billion kronor in exports and the same amount in imports. Our trade with the eurozone would have been 13–14 percent greater if we had been members."[3]

European Commission[edit]

On 17 November 2009 Commissioner Malmström was nominated by her government as the country's next European Commissioner. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso offered her the role of Commissioner for Home Affairs which was created due to a liberal demand to split the previous portfolio which was joined with human rights. Despite this post being security oriented, Commissioner Malmström made clear to the Members of the European Parliament, that she would not be a bad cop to the fundamental rights portfolio's good cop. She was approved by M.E.P.s and took up the post on 10 February 2010.

One of her first initiatives as a Commissioner of the European Union was to propose a directive proposing stronger sanctions against sexual abuse of children,[4] where one of the proposed actions was to oblige the EU Member States to block access to child pornography on the Internet.[5] Critics interpret that as installation of a net censorship infrastructure not helping children, but being counterproductive[6] and a dangerous threat to democracy.[7] NGO's working for children's right such as Save the Children and NSPCC have, however, come out to defend the action.[8] Commissioner Malmström was quickly rewarded with the nickname 'Censilia' on the social web and in – mostly German – dailies,[9][10][11] a portmanteau word blending the word "censorship" and her given name (“Cecilia”) as a follow-up of the "Zensursula" nickname of the German minister Ursula von der Leyen who failed to establish similar filtering techniques in Germany due a decision to prioritise the deletion of illegal websites.

At the same period (March 2010), on her strive to provide European citizens with safety and security, Commissioner Malmström established a political agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission to implement the Article 10 of the United Nations' Firearms Protocol that combats the trafficking of illicit civilian firearms.[12]

On 11 March 2011, during the VII European Day on Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism on a Conference on "The role of Victims of Terrorism in preventing violent radicalization", which was held in Brussels, Commissioner Malmström gave a speech explaining the devastating effects of terrorism on a personal, as well as on a State level,[13] closing with the announcement of the forthcoming (R.A.N.) project.

On September 2011, Commissioner Malmström officially launched the Radicalisation Awareness Network (R.A.N.),[14] which is a project aiming to tackle terrorism and violent extremism, through a preventive, rather than a combating way. The project comes as an additional tool of the EU's Counter Terrorism and Combat of Radicalisation and Recruitment to Terrorism Strategies . Less than a year later, the project consisted of a pan-European network of scientists, psychologists, N.G.O.s, victims of terrorism, religious leaders, representatives of civil society, Police officers and an advisory board,.[15]

On 2 May 2012, Commissioner Malmström held a lecture at Harvard University on immigration and asylum, discussing with the students and professors that were present various issues related to integration, terrorism, human trafficking as well as the European crisis . The visit in Cambridge, was followed by a meeting with the US Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington DC and an evening at the F.B.I., where a major exchange of opinions about the plan of the forthcoming European Cybercrime Centre (E.C.3) took place.[16] Commissioner Malmström's short trip in the US was completed with a speech on Cyber Security in a Conference that took place in the C.S.I.S..

In 26 November 2012, Commissioner Malmström and Director Wainwright, announced the launch of the new European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online.[17][18] The aims of the Coalition, are to support international law enforcement investigations wherever it is possible through co-operation with private stakeholders, to assess and study the commercial child sexual exploitation on the Internet through all kinds of Internet environments, such as hosting services and newsgroups, to help protect legitimate private business interests from possible misuse of their services perpetrated by criminals with the aim of distributing child sexual abuse content through different information and communication technologies, to empower law enforcement and private companies in counteracting the problem through the delivery of trainings and sharing of resources, as well as to inform decision makers and raise awareness among the public .

On 5 December 2012 on a Conference held in Brussels, Belgium, under the High Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium,[19] Commissioner Malmström and US Attorney General Eric Holder launched the Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online .

The alliance, which met the strong support by Director Wainwright,[20] is an initiative aiming to unite decision-makers all around the world to better identify and assist victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The alliance is one of the greatest projects ever created on this field, as the participants of it include 48 Nations worldwide (The 27 EU Member States, as well as 21 non EU countries – Albania, Australia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, Ghana, Japan, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, and Vietnam) .

On 11 January 2013, Director Wainwright and Commissioner Malmström, officially launched the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), which is aiming to tackle the cybercrimes :

  • Committed by organised groups to generate large criminal profits such as online fraud
  • Causing serious harm to the victim such as online child sexual exploitation
  • Affecting critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU

Commissioner Malmström is an author of a number of books and articles on European regionalism, European and Spanish politics, terrorism and immigration .

Personal life[edit]

Commissioner Malmström is married with children. She is living in Lindholmen, Gothenburg, Sweden.

C.V.[edit]

Education[edit]

Career[edit]

  • 1989–1992: Psychiatric nurse, Lillhagen Hospital
  • 1991–1992: Teacher of social studies, municipal adult education service
  • 1992–1999: Researcher at Gothenburg University
  • 1998–2001: Member of Västra Götaland regional council
  • 1999–2006: Member of the European Parliament
  • 1999–2006: Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 1999–2004: Member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs
  • 1999–2004: Vice-Chairwoman of the Delegation to the EU-Hungary Joint Parliamentary Committee
  • 2002–2004: ELDR Group spokeswoman on foreign affairs
  • 1999–2006: Member of the ELDR/ALDE Group Bureau
  • since 1997: Member of the Swedish Liberal Party executive
  • since 1999: Member of the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska samfundet)
  • since 2001: Leading member of the Party
  • since October 2006: Minister of European Affairs in Sweden
  • Author of books, articles and essays on regional parties, regionalism, Spanish politics, European politics, immigration and terrorism, etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Regionen, makten och härligheten : regionala partier i Västeuropa.
  2. ^ "Oneseat campaign". Oneseat.eu. 
  3. ^ “Alliance rejects Liberal calls for euro vote”. The Local. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Press Release – European Commission wants stronger sanctions against child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography". Europa (web portal). 
  5. ^ "Press Release – Commissioner Malmström welcomes political agreement on the Directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography". Europa (web portal). 
  6. ^ McNamee, Joe (29 March 2010). “Pointless action on child pornography”. The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  7. ^ Lehmann, Alexander: “Cleanternet.org – for a cleaner and safer Internet”. Clip on Cleanternet.org. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Borchers, Detlev (30 March 2010). “Sie tappt im Dunkeln”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 31 March 2010. (German)
  10. ^ Güßgen, Florian (30 March 2010). “Schwarz-Gelb muss Brüssel Paroli bieten”. Der Stern. Retrieved 31 March 2010. (German)
  11. ^ “Aus Zensursula wird Censilia”. Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 30 March 2010. (German)
  12. ^ "Press Release – Commissioner Malmström welcomes political agreement on stricter rules to combat illicit trafficking of civilian firearms". Europa (web portal). 
  13. ^ "Press Release – Member of the European Commission responsible for Home Affairs VII European Day on Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism Conference on "The role of Victims of Terrorism in preventing violent radicalization" Brussels, 11 March 2011". Europa (web portal). 
  14. ^ "DGs – Home Affairs – What we do – Networks – Radicalisation Awareness Network". European Commission. 
  15. ^ "Prevention of radicalisation – European Commission". European Commission. 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cybercrime discussions in Washington – European Commission". European Commission. 17 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online launched". The Sofia Globe. 
  18. ^ http://eurojust.europa.eu/press/News/News/Pages/EFC-launch.aspx
  19. ^ "Eric Holder To Help Launch Alliance Against Pedophilia". Huffington Post. 4 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Safernet – Hotline for a safer Internet". Safernet.ro. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Position established
Minister for European Union Affairs
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Birgitta Ohlsson
Preceded by
Jan Kohout
President of the Council of the European Union
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Preceded by
Margot Wallström
Swedish European Commissioner
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jacques Barrot
as European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security
European Commissioner for Home Affairs
2010–present