Jyri Häkämies

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Jyri Häkämies
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Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
22 June 2011 – 16 November 2012
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Preceded by Mauri Pekkarinen
Succeeded by Jan Vapaavuori
Member of the Parliament of Finland
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 March 1999
Constituency Kymi constituency
Personal details
Born (1961-08-30) 30 August 1961 (age 53)
Karhula, Finland
Political party National Coalition Party
Spouse(s) Tuija Arhosola-Häkämies

Jyri Jukka Häkämies (born 30 August 1961) is a Finnish politician and the CEO of Confederation of Finnish Industries. He was Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs between 2011-2012, and a representative of the National Coalition Party, and the minister responsible for supervision of government enterprises with the exception of Patria, which is supervised by Jan Vapaavuori.[1] He is also a member of the government's finance committee, a board member at YLE, the governmental supervisory board, Kotka city council and the Kymenlaakso regional board, where he is the chairman.

Häkämies was born in Karhula. He holds a Masters degree in political science. Before entering the politics, he worked as the CEO of the Kymenlaakso chambers of commerce. Häkämies is a Senior Lieutenant in the military reserve. His older brother, Kari Häkämies, has also been a member of the parliament and government. Jyri Häkämies became the Finnish Minister of Defence in 2007 in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet. He was involved in a campaign finance controversy. His campaign received €10,000 from a company, whose representatives were later invited to a sauna evening on Ministry of Defence property, costing taxpayers €300. According to Arto Merisalo, a businessman involved, and later convicted and jailed due to misconduct in a related bankruptcy, Häkämies would participate in selection of candidates for specific campaign funding.[2][3]

Häkämies has worked to improve ethical standards for state-owned enterprises. He has advocated a whistleblower system.[4]

Häkämies launched the largest electric car and electric car charging station project in the country's history.[5]

Häkämies visited China in 2008 on the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen square protests, but did not discuss human rights matters.[6]

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Environmental politics professor Janne I. Hukkinen University of Helsinki criticized the new environmental administration of Finland. Häkämies was the responsible minister to introduce the new environment administration under the control of employment and business like in Russia. Competitiveness and environment are controlled by the same ministry. When the Talvivaara environmental problems became public, Häkämies resigned the minister job to the new post. Minister Ms. Paula Lehtomäki and Mr. Jyri Häkämies assigned one person responsible for all the permissions and control of the Talvivaara mine environmental control. If understood correctly this person worked before in the field of geology, not environment. Professor Mr. Janne Hukkinen demanded independent environmental administration back that has the opportunity to open critics of the business interests.[7]

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Preceded by
Seppo Kääriäinen
Minister of Defence (Finland)
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Stefan Wallin