Malin Björk

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Malin Björk
MEP
Malin Björk 2014.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Sweden
Personal details
Born Malin Anna Björk
(1972-05-22) 22 May 1972 (age 45)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Political party  Swedish
Left Party
 EU
European United Left–Nordic Green Left
Domestic partner Erik Malstommen
Children 2
Alma mater Stockholm University

Malin Anna Björk (born 22 May 1972) is a Swedish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Sweden. She is a member of the Left Party, part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left.

Björk worked for several years for the European Women's Lobby in Brussels before she became an EU official for the European United Left–Nordic Green Left in 2009.[1]

She was the Left Party's top candidate in the European Parliament election, 2014 after she narrowly won a fight for the post against incumbent MEP Mikael Gustavsson.[2] She was elected as the sole member for the party.

A feminist, she underlined feminist issues as well as anti-racism, LGBT rights, protection of welfare and worker's rights and opposition to austerity policies during the election campaign.[1] She wants stronger measures against social dumping, including overturning the principle of the Laval Un Partneri Ltd v Svenska Byggnadsarbetareforbundet[3] which held that the right to strike is limited if it disproportionally affected the right to establish or provide business in the EU. She opposes the proposal to create a Transatlantic Free Trade Area.[2]

In April 2014, Björk refused to buckle her seat belt on board in a Swedish plane after she became aware that the plane would transport a failed asylum seeker from Iran who was about to get deported. As a result, the man was transferred to another place.[4]

She lives in Brussels with a partner and children.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vänsterpartiet skakar om EU-listan (Swedish) Dagens Nyhetar. 12 January 2014
  2. ^ a b Malin Björk (V) Europaportalen.se. (Archived at Webcitation.org.)
  3. ^ Malin Björk, Vänsterpartiet (Swedish) Sveriges Radio. 12 April 2014
  4. ^ a b Kalle Wannerskog (10 April 2014) Flygpassagerare stoppade avvisning (Northern Sami) Sveriges Radio.