Henna Virkkunen has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014, as a member of the European People's Party (EPP). Her primary committee during the legislative term 2014-2019 was Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She was also a substitute member of the committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), a member of the Delegation for relations with South Africa and a substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula.
Transport and digitalisation are among MEP Virkkunen’s key interests. MEP Virkkunen is a keen advocate of the European Energy Union, decarbonisation of transport and bioeconomy. She is working in the European Parliament for smarter use of energy and responsible measures to fight climate change.
Before MEP Virkkunen was elected to the European Parliament, she served as a Minister of Transport and Local Government in Finland. She has also been a Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, as well as a Minister of Education, during her two terms as a Member of the Parliament of Finland.
MEP Virkkunen is a licentiate of Philosophy