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Cecilia Wikström

Cecilia Wikström
Member of the European Parliament
for Sweden
Assumed office
14 July 2009
Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Uppsala County
In office
30 September 2002 – 13 July 2009
Personal details

(1965-10-17) October 17, 1965

Svanstein, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Political party Liberal People's Party
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Alma mater Uppsala University
Profession Minister, author
Religion Church of Sweden

Cecilia Karin Maria Wikström, née Sundström, originally Nodbjörk (born 17 October 1965 in Svanstein, Övertorneå Municipality, Norrbotten County) is a Swedish Liberal People's Party politician. Wikström is currently a member of the European Parliament. She is also a priest in the Church of Sweden and the author of several books. She was married to former Swedish Minister for Education Jan-Erik Wikström, father of Jeppe Wikström, from 1995 to 2010, and before that to the Swedish priest Björn Bolin.

Cecilia Wikström got her Bachelor of Theology at the Department of Theology at Uppsala University in 1993. She has had various positions in the Church of Sweden, such as parish minister, university chaplain, prison chaplain, and canon of the Uppsala Cathedral.

Between 2002 and 2009, Wikström was a member of the Swedish Parliament for the Liberal People's Party. She was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Wikström has been very engaged in questions relating to freedom of expression, in Sweden as well as in other countries. In 2009 Wikström run for the elections to the European Parliament on June 7. She was the third name on the Swedish Liberal People's Party list and was elected to represent the party in the European Parliament. Hence, she left her post in the Swedish Parliament in July 2009.

Wikström is a member of the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of the European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

In the European Parliament Cecilia Wikström was from 2009 to 2014 a full member of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee of Legal Affairs (JURI), where she also is the coordinator of the Alde-group. In 2012, Wikström was appointed into the Advisory Committee of the European Parliament, a consultative ethics committee consisting of five senior MEPs who act as advisors to other colleagues on ethical issues.

Wikström is also vice-chair of the Parliament's intergroup for disabled people.

In spring 2013, Wikström was appointed to represent the Alde-group in the delegation that will negotiate a new agreement between the European Parliament and other institutions on how the European Parliament should have access to classified documents related to the common policy of security and foreign affairs.

She is substitute member of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

In the present legislature (2014-2019) she is a full member of Conference of Committee Chairs and of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and a substitute member of the Committee of Legal Affairs (JURI). On 07.07.2014 she was elected a Chairwoman of the Committee for Petitions.

Wikström has written and published a published several books. In 2004 she published När livet går sönder, a book about crisis management. Her second book I tillitens tecken was published in 2006. She has also held various positions in national and regional boards, such as the Swedish UNESCO Board, the Police County Board and Liberal Women group in Uppsala County. Since 2001 she is the owner and executive Director of Wikström Consulting LTD.

External links

  • Cecilia Wikström - Liberal People's Party
  • Cecilia Wikström - European Parliament / MEPs
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