Islam-Expo 3

Speaker



Jyrki Katainen

Katainen grew up in Siilinjärvi and was a part-time teacher and he became a member of the Siilinjärvi municipal council in 1993. He graduated from Siilinjärvi Upper Secondary School. In mathematics Katainen´s grade was 6 (equal to D in United States). He was elected member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Northern Savonia in 1999, served as the vice-chairman of his party since 2001, becoming its leader in 2004.

In 2006, he was elected Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP) for a three-year term and was re-elected for another term in 2009.

In the 2007 parliamentary election, the National Coalition led by Katainen won the second place from the Social Democrats. Katainen became the Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the new cabinet with Center, National Coalition, Greens, and Swedish People's party.

In November 2008, the Financial Times named Katainen as the best finance minister in Europe.[1] Katainen warned in 2009 that Europe's leaders must do more to prepare voters for “exit strategies” that bring spiralling public sector debts back under control, noting that "It is always politically difficult but we simply have no choice. We will have to do very painful things in forthcoming years when the economy has started to recover." Prime Ministership (2011-present)

Following the parliamentary election held on April 17, 2011, Katainen was elected Prime Minister by the new parliament and assumed office on June 22, 2011. His centre-right National Coalition Party became the largest party for the first time in the history of independent Finland. After long and difficult government-forming negotiations, he was elected Prime Minister by the Finnish Parliament, and his government of six parties (National Coalition Party, Social Democratic Party of Finland, Left Alliance (Finland), Green League, Swedish People's Party of Finland and Christian Democrats (Finland) ) was formally appointed by President Tarja Halonen on June 22, 2011.

In October 2012, it was reported that security personnel had stopped a knife-wielding assailant from attacking Katainen. Katainen was in the southwestern city of Turku, campaigning at the time of the incident.[6][7] The man in question was later fined for wielding a knife in the public, but according to the police he did not intend to harm Katainen.

Source: Wikipedia