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Satu Hassi

Satu Hassi
Member of the European Parliament
for Finland
Assumed office
20 July 2004
Personal details
Born (1951-06-03) 3 June 1951
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party Green League
Video Introduction (English) / (Finnish)
Satu Hassi working at her office in Brussels.

Satu Maijastiina Hassi (born 3 June 1951) is a Finnish politician, and Member of the European Parliament for the Green League. She served as the Minister of Environment and Development Co-Operation in Paavo Lipponen's second cabinet between 15 April 1999 and 31 May 2002. In accordance with her party's position on the issue, she quit the cabinet in protest of the government's decision to build a fifth nuclear power plant in Finland. Hassi served as the leader of her party between 1999 and 2001. She was a member of the national parliament from 1991 to 2004; she left the parliament when she was elected to the European Parliament as the sole Finnish Green representative in the 2004 election.

In the European Parliament she is currently the coordinator of the Greens/EFA parliamentary group in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and a vice member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Hassi was previously a taistoist, a pro-Soviet member of the Communist Party in the 1970s. She has a licentiate in technology, has worked as an engineer in a power company and taught at Tampere University of Technology. She has published three novels, a collection of poems and several essays. She has also been co-author of a series of physics books for high school students.

Hassi is a member of the Board of Directors of the Worldwatch Institute and a vice chairperson of the parliamentary network Globe EU. She has been granted the Golden Peacock Global Award for Environmental Leadership, Hart World Refining Fuels Policy Award and the International Award for Outstanding Contribution for Environment of the Priyadarshni Academy.[1]

Hassi has recovered from breast cancer.[2]

Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship case

According to Satu Hassi, Greenpeace aims to protect not only the Arctic nature but also the mankind future. She argumented: IPCC has warned that 5 °C warming in this century is possible while Nicholas Stern pointed out that 3 °C to 4 °C warming means development we have never faced before. World coal and oil resources are higher that the sustainability. Technological innovations and development must be directed in the carbon neutral alternatives. According to James Hansen the use of Arctic oil and e.g. Canadian oil sand means “game over”.[3]


  1. ^ Website of Satu Hassi. Retrieved July 25 2012.
  2. ^ Lehti: Työministeri Cronbergillä rintasyöpä
  3. ^ Satu Hassi ref. Arctic Sunrice ja IPCC Voima 8/2013 s. 11

External links

  • (Finnish) Official website
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tuija Brax
Chairperson of the Green League
Succeeded by
Osmo Soininvaara
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