Ulla Tørnæs

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Ulla Tørnæs
Ulla Tørnæs, 2014-05-25.jpg
Minister for Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education of Denmark
In office
29 February 2016 – 28 November 2016
Preceded by Esben Lunde Larsen
Succeeded by Søren Pind
Personal details
Born Ulla Tørnæs
(1962-09-04) 4 September 1962 (age 55)
Esbjerg, Denmark
Political party  Danish:
Venstre
 EU:
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Alma mater

Ulla Pedersen Tørnæs (born 4 September 1962) is a Danish politician who currently serves as Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark. She is a member of the Liberal Party and, from 1994 to 2014, was a member of the Danish parliament (Folketing). She served as Minister for Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education in the Lars Løkke Rasmussen II Cabinet of Denmark from February 2016 to November 2016.

Political career[edit]

Role in Danish politics[edit]

Tørnæs served as Minister for Education in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I (2001–2005) and as Minister for Development Cooperation in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II from 18 February 2005. From 2007, she was a member of the World Bank Group’s High Level Advisory Council on Women's Economic Empowerment, which was chaired by Danny Leipziger and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul.[1] She was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa which held meetings between April and October 2008.[2]

From 2010 until 2016, Tørnæs was a member of the management committee of the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP).

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2016[edit]

Tørnæs became a Member of the European Parliament following the 2014 European elections. A member of the ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) political faction, she served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. In 2015, she was the lead negotiator for the ALDE group on the eCall system.[3]

In addition to her committee assignments, Tørnæs was a member of the parliament’s delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Return to Danish politics[edit]

Tørnæs left the European Parliament on 29 February 2016, becoming Minister for Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education in the Lars Løkke Rasmussen II Cabinet, where she proposed the education ceiling. Her successor is Morten Løkkegaard.

Since 28 November 2016, Tørnæs has again been serving as Minister for Development Cooperation.

Other activities[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Tørnæs was in the news on 25 February 2005 when it became known that her husband, Jørgen Tørnæs, had illegally employed a Latvian supervisor on one of his pig farms without the required residence and work permits. She was not forced to resign as minister because there was no proof she knew the supervisor was illegally employed.

Personal life[edit]

Tørnæs is the daughter of former minister Laurits Tørnæs and Katty Tørnæs.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Margrethe Vestager
Education Minister of Denmark
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Bertel Haarder
Preceded by
Bertel Haarder
Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Søren Pind