Jyrki Katainen

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(politician)
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BornJyrki Tapani Katainen
14 October 1971
Siilinjärvi, Finland
NationalityFinnish
Alma materUniversity of Tampere, University of Leicester
Children2
SpouseMervi Kuittinen
Member ofUS/Department/State/International Visitor Leadership Program, WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2003, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
PartyNational Coalition Party
Triple Bilderberger Finnish PM and favorite of the financial system. Wants neutral Finland to join NATO. Later EU Commissioner.

Employment.png Prime Minister of Finland

In office
22 June 2011 - 24 June 2014
DeputyJutta Urpilainen
Succeeded byAlexander Stubb

Employment.png Deputy Prime Minister of Finland

In office
19 April 2007 - 22 June 2011
Preceded byEero Heinäluoma
Succeeded byJutta Urpilainen
Attended 3 Bilderberg meetings in this capacity

Employment.png Finland/Minister of Finance

In office
19 April 2007 - 22 June 2011
Succeeded byJutta Urpilainen

Jyrki Tapani Katainen is a Finnish politician who was the European Commission's Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness from 2014 until 2019. Katainen was previously Prime Minister of Finland from 2011 to 2014 and chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2004 to 2014. He was succeeded by Alexander Stubb as chairman of Finland's National Coalition Party.[1] After stepping down as Prime Minister, Katainen was elected as European Commission Vice-President in July 2014.[2]

He was selected a Young Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2003 and 2005. At the end of 2008, the Financial Times named him the best finance minister in Europe.[3]

Minister of Finance

While serving as Minister of Finance, Katainen participated in several meetings of the Bilderberg Group. In 2010, Paavo Arhinmäki, Chairman of the Left Alliance, submitted a written question to Parliament on Katainen's Bilderberg connections and demanded to know if Minister of Finance Katainen was representing Finland at the Bilderberg meeting.[4] The government replied that he was not Finland's representative, but an invited expert and influencer.[5]

Immigration

In 2008, Katainen estimated that Finland (population 5 million) would need 1.8 million immigrants by 2025 if the labor shortage were to be solved only with replacement labor.[6]

According to Katainen's blog from 2013, there was hope in the future for Finland's economy. For example, he highlighted Google’s investment of about 800 million Euros in Hamina, Russian data center Yandex’s investment in Mäntsälä and Microsoft’s plans for investing about 250 million in Finland. But he noted that Finland was still losing more jobs than those that were being created.[7]

NATO

After taking over the leadership of the Coalition Party in 2004, Katainen stated that Finland's accession to NATO would be a logical extension of Finland's current line and considered the membership debate to be current after the 2007 parliamentary elections.[8]

In 2005, Katainen's views on NATO in the fight against terrorism provoked criticism when he considered NATO membership to have become increasingly important in the wake of some recent terrorist attacks[9]. Katainen's statements were disputed by Paavo Selin, head of the Counter-Terrorism Unit at the Security Police, who was later forcibly removed from office.[10]

In 2013, Katainen again called for an "open and passionate" NATO debate in Finland in the coming years.[11]

Prime Minister

In the April 2011 parliamentary elections, the National Coalition Party became the largest party in Parliament. Following government negotiations, he was elected Prime Minister of the incoming government.

As PM, he supported the big EU countries in the 'bailout' for Greece.

Katainen believes that the EU must agree on strict climate targets and be at the forefront of this issue.[12]

Katainen approved the sale of Fortum's electricity networks in 2013. In the giant transaction, Fortum's Finnish electricity network was transferred to Caruna Oy, which is owned by international investment companies.[13]

On October 22, 2012, Katainen was attacked by a knife-wielding man, who was immediately arrested by Katainen's security guards. Katainen was not injured in the incident. [14]

In 2014, Katainen was proposed as EU Commissioner and member of the Juncker Commission. On 14 June 2014, he handed over the leadership of the National Coalition Party to Alexander Stubb. He resigned as Prime Minister of Finland on 24 June 2014, to become Finland's EU Commissioner and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs in the Juncker Commission.[15]


 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
Istanbul
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
Vouliagmeni
The 57th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/20103 June 20106 June 2010Spain
Hotel Dolce Sitges
Barcelona
The 122 guests met in the Hotel Dolce Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014World Economic Forum
Switzerland
2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201521 January 201524 January 2015World Economic Forum
Switzerland
Attended by a lot of people. This page lists only the 261 "Public Figures".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Switzerland
Attended by over 2500 people, both leaders and followers, who were explained how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would changed everything, including being a "revolution of values".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland
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