Carl Haglund was one of Finland’s 13 MEPs. He was elected to the European parliament on the list of the Swedish People’s Party in Finland in 2009. Prior to that he has worked as state secretary with responsibility for culture, sports, youth and gender equality matters. Carl has also worked as a political advisor for the ministerial group of the Swedish People’s Party in Finland and as an editor in chief and managing director of a newspaper in Finland.
Carl was vice-chairman of the Committee on Fisheries, member of the Committee on Budgets and substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Carl has also been a member of the temporary committees; Financial, Economic and Social Crisis Committee and Policy challenges Committee. Carl was co-chairman of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages and vice president of the Baltic-Europe Intergroup.
Carl holds a Master of Science in Economics, from the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki. This year Carl has been nominated for the MEP awards in the category of Economic and Monetary Affairs
The idea for a network of young MEPs was born back in 2004 during a conversation between then young MEPs Cecilia Malmström, Nick Clegg, Lousewies van der Laan, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Just a little later the idea was consequently picked up and realised by Alexander Stubb, Alexander Alvaro, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Carl Haglund. All these young MEPs moved on to become European Commissioner, British Deputy PM, founder of VoteWatch and the European Council on Foreign Relations, Head of the D66 and chief of Cabinet to Presidency of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Danish PM, Finnish PM, VP of the European Parliament, Dutch Defence Minister of the Netherlands and Finnish Defence Minister, respectively.
photo credits: Mikael Pettersson