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Malmström Sweden's new EU commissioner

TT/The Local · 18 Nov 2009, 11:59

Published: 17 Nov 2009 14:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2009 11:59 GMT+01:00

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Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced the appointment at a meeting with reporters in Stockholm on Tuesday.

"Today is a wonderful day. As a liberal, I believe in a strong Europe," said Malmström.

"The crises we currently face can only be resolved through robust cooperation in Europe," she added.

Reinfeldt said Malmström was a "convinced Europhile" with an impressive academic and political background.

"She is one of the people at our disposal within Swedish politics who knows most about the practicalities of work with Europe. She has also played a decisive role in carrying out the Swedish presidency. It is for all these reasons that we find her her best qualified," said Reinfeldt.

Cecilia Malmström was born in 1968 and lives in Gothenburg with her husband and their twin children, a boy and a girl.

The Liberal Party politician became Sweden's first EU affairs minister when Reinfeldt announced his new cabinet following the 2006 general election.

Prior to her role in government, Malmström was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2006, where she primarily worked with foreign policy, EU enlargement and constitutional issues.

Malmström, who has a PhD in political science, was elected to the governing board of the Liberal Party in 1997, before being promoted to the top leadership echelons of the party in 2001.

Malmström will succeed Social Democrat politician Margot Wallström, who is approaching the end of her second term as EU commissioner.

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Initially responsible for environmental issues, Wallström became the union's Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy in 2004.

She has previously also held a number of ministerial posts in Social Democratic governments subsequent to being elected to the national parliament, the Riksdag, in 1979.

Wallström's name was put forward by the centre-right government last week as a candidate for a new post in New York overseeing the implementation of UN resolution 1820 on sexual violence against women in war-torn areas.

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14:52 November 17, 2009 by jones2
Excellent choice, and very magnanimous of Moderaterna to let it go to a Folkpartist. As an MEP, Malmström led a great campaign to abolish the Strasbourg branch of the European Parliament. She's a real campaigning reformist. Good for her!
14:59 November 17, 2009 by dogbasket
Wonderful. The natural choice, but one never knows in politics. Also excellent that she is a Folkpartist - although to be honest I can't tell the difference between FP and M policies. Why can't these guys all merge together, including KD. And then let C remain in the "centre" as their party name seems to say that they are.
15:04 November 17, 2009 by Nemesis
This is an interesting development.

She is a very definative improvement upon the imbeciles that Sweden has been appointing recently.

She could be very good for Sweden in Europe.
15:29 November 17, 2009 by peropaco
Malmström and Wallström are from the same can of surströmming
16:01 November 17, 2009 by dogbasket

Interesting. I hadn't seen the "ström" connection between the two women before. Will perhaps make a few non-Swedes in Brussels think that all Swedish names end in ...ström. But nonetheless not a reason not to appoint Malmström.

As for surströmming, Cecilia Malmström is a completely different kettle of fish compared to the outgoing Margot Wallström. MW is a Swedish socialist as hard as they come = make lots of money for moving piles of paper round your desk, all at the taxpayer's expense. Celicia Malmström is a devoted liberal and European as they should be. Even federalist some say. So am I, but I'm too old to be able to see a Federal Europe become reality. But it will come in 30 years or so. Vive Malmström - the best thing that's happened to Swedish European politics for a long time.
16:07 November 17, 2009 by Nemesis
@ dogbasket

Very well Written.

I also believe in a federal Europe. I hope to see it someday.
16:41 November 17, 2009 by peropaco

I appreciate your favourable and witty extrapolation of Cecilia Malmström :-D)) . I will show some faith and hope she will render her intelligence useful for the good of Sweden and Europe.
17:45 November 17, 2009 by zircon
Quite a sharp move, around the edges...
17:58 November 17, 2009 by Mellers
As usual the local gets it wrong, yes she has twins, but a boy and a girl!
20:16 November 17, 2009 by Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Reinfeldt really has proved his leadership again. Congratulations to Mr. Prime Minister for a wise choice and for a new Commissioner Malmstrom.
03:02 November 18, 2009 by Davey-jo
"The crises we currently face can only be resolved through robust cooperation in Europe," she added.

This is basic robotspeak.

How do we face the "crises" that we currently face?

"The crises we currently face can only be resolved through robust cooperation in Europe," she added. D'OH!!!

She's another well programmed bot!

As for a federal Europe. In the UK we cannot agree on the same school system even after 200 years. So I do not hold any hope for that endeavour. Especially as the UK will be voting anti-europe next year in the general election.

So you might get a fed-euro if you cast the UK into the atlantic. Please feel free to rip along the dotted line.
09:53 November 18, 2009 by wetback
Mellers beat me to it!
13:13 November 19, 2009 by Beynch
"As a liberal, I believe in a strong Europe", says Malmström. What an oxymoron that is! She must have missed the boat. Somebody please inform her that you can not be a liberal and also support a "strong Europe". Also, the liberal party proved long ago that it is nothing more than glorified Social Democrats. Let's get someone in that slot who truly believes in a "strong Europe" - i.e. borders, languages, culture, - which is not the same as a Federal (or socialist) one.
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