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Olli Rehn

Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment, Mr. Olli Rehn is the head of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland. After serving as an MP from 1991 to 1995 and leading the Finnish delegation to the Council of Europe, Rehn became one of Finland’s first MEPs. He stayed in Brussels as Head of Private Office for Finland’s first European commissioner, Erkki Liikanen, from 1998 to 2002.

Between 2002 and 2003, before taking up a post as the economic policy adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland, he pursued his academic interests as professor and research director at the Department of political science and Centre for European Studies at the University of Helsinki.
From 2004 until 2010 he was European Commissioner for EU enlargement. In the second Barroso Commission from 2010 to 2014, Olli Rehn served as Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rehn was elected an MEP in the 2014 European election. In the European Parliament he was elected to be one of the parliament's 14 vice presidents. In 2015, Rehn was elected to the Finnish parliament and appointed Minister of Economic Affairs in Prime Minister Sipilä’s Cabinet.
Rehn has written widely on European issues. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Helsinki and a D.Phil. in International Political Economy from Oxford University.