Ewa Björling

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Ewa Björling
Ewa Bjorling (M) nordisk samarbetsminister Sverige. Nordiska radets session 2010.jpg
Minister for Trade
In office
12 September 2007 – 3 October 2014
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Sten Tolgfors
Succeeded by Mikael Damberg
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
In office
5 October 2010 – 3 October 2014
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
Preceded by Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Succeeded by Kristina Persson
Member of the Swedish Riksdag
for Stockholm County
In office
30 September 2002 – 16 October 2014
Personal details
Born (1961-05-03) 3 May 1961 (age 53)
Political party Moderate Party
Alma mater Karolinska Institute
Profession Physician/Dentist

Ewa Helena Björling (born 3 May 1961) is a Swedish politician and a member of the Moderate Party. She served as Minister for Trade from 2007 to 2014 and as Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 2010 to 2014 in the Swedish Government. She was a member of the Swedish Riksdag for Stockholm County from 2002 to 2014.

On 16 October 2014, she submitted her resignation from the Riksdag and announced that she will retire from politics.

Prior career[edit]

Ewa Björling is a dentist, Doctor of Medicine and a docent in virology. Prior to her election to the Swedish parliament in 2002, she worked as a lecturer at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She was also a member of the municipal council in Ekerö Municipality from 1999 to 2006, and served as its chairman from 2005 to 2006. She was elected a Member of Parliament in 2002 and served in the parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. She was also a substitute in the Committee on the Constitution, the Committee on Education and the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.

She was a member of the board of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency from 2003 to 2007. She was also chairman of the Swedish National Council for Coordination of Efforts Against HIV/AIDS in 2007, and Europe's representative in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's working group on HIV/AIDS. Björling has promoted the use of contraception in Malta, a country which maintains solid links to the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

Career as Minister for Trade[edit]

In November, 2012 Björling traveled with two Swedish trade delegations to discuss increasing bi-lateral trade[2] between Sweden and war-torn country of Myanmar, despite an existing EU arms embargo against Myanmar.[3] Björling was later questioned by the Swedish Parliament regarding the discovery of Swedish made Carl Gustav recoilless rifles found in Myanmar in December, 2012.[3][4]

Following the 2010 general election, Björling also took office as Minister for Nordic Cooperation.

Awards[edit]

In 2006 Björling was awarded with the "Jerusalem Prize" from the Zionist Federation in Sweden.[5] The award is given to persons who has shown "extraordinary support for Israel, Jerusalem and Zionism".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ewa Björling is married and has two children. She lives on the island of Ekerö west of Stockholm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swedish Minister Talks Condoms on Malta
  2. ^ ScandAsia, Swedish PM to visit Myanmar and Indonesia on 12-14 November, expects to meet Then Sein and Suu Kyi, 9 November 2012, Sippachai Kunnuwong, http://scandasia.com/viewNews.php?coun_code=se&news_id=11475
  3. ^ a b Björling: Burmavapen hade exporterats till Indien, Publicerat: torsdag 13 December kl 17:23, Sverige Radio, http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=5380204
  4. ^ Swedish arms for India found in Myanmar, news.com.au, http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/swedish-arms-for-india-found-in-myanmar/story-e6frfkui-1226537571027
  5. ^ a b "Ewa Björling ny handelsminister" (in Swedish). Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sten Tolgfors
Minister for Trade
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Mikael Damberg
Preceded by
Cristina Husmark Pehrsson
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Kristina Persson