I am an MEP for Left Alliance (Vasemmistoliitto), a left-wing party in Finland. I am a former Member of Parliament and city councilor from Helsinki, a football fan and a great music lover. Before politics, I worked as a journalist.
I stand for the climate, for human rights, and for social justice. Europe has to provide welfare for all, not just for the few.
The most important issues for me in politics are equality and non-discrimination. I want the EU to be a place, where everyone can live freely, and as who they are. Where anyone can meet their potential no matter what their background is. I want a society that takes care of all of its members.
The most important thing I have learned in politics is the power of working together. It is an essential skill to learn to stand strongly for your opinions and values, and still be able to arrive at a compromise with others. The starting point for this skill is to know and understand the issues at hand in depth. Long meetings and late nights with huge piles of papers to read are the everyday reality of politics. Big and immediately visible achievements are rare, but when they do occur, they result from working with others.
In the European Parliament, I work mainly on climate issues and social justice. I also actively defend the rights of LGBTIQ-people. I am a member of The Left in the European Parliament, and I am The Left’s coordinator in the Committee on the Environment ENVI. I am also a member of the Committee on Budgets, BUDG, and a sub-member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality FEMM.
A greener Europe for everyone
We only have one planet, so we need to take care of it. We need concrete and just decisions to mitigate climate change and to protect nature. Not only is a sustainable future possible, it is also an opportunity to build together a greener and fairer Europe.
Human rights for everyone
We have to fight the forces that are trying to undermine human rights and the rule of law. The decline in democracy and human rights in Europe must be taken seriously. Human rights are not an idea or an ideology. They are rights that belong to us all.
Well-being for everyone
The more Europe invests in the well-being of its citizens, the better. Without the welfare of people, societies cannot prosper. Welfare can be enhanced by strengthening the social rights of all Europeans, creating new sustainable jobs and ensuring fair working conditions.
silvia.modig (a) europarl.europa.eu
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Head of Cabinet, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety ENVI and Committee on Budgets BUDG, niina.ilola (a) europarl.europa.eu
Communication and Press Relations, minttu.poutanen (a) europarl.europa.eu
Visiting groups and appointments, Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality FEMM, lauri.siren (a) europarl.europa.eu