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|Minister of Economic Affairs|
1 January 2008 – 22 June 2011
|Prime Minister||Matti Vanhanen|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Jyri Häkämies|
|Minister of Trade and Industry|
17 April 2003 – 1 January 2008
|Prime Minister||Anneli Jäätteenmäki|
|Preceded by||Sinikka Mönkäre|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister of the Interior|
26 April 1991 – 13 April 1995
|Prime Minister||Esko Aho|
|Preceded by||Jarmo Rantanen|
|Succeeded by||Jan-Erik Enestam|
|Member of European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
2 July 2019
|Member of Finnish Parliament|
24 March 1979 – 16 April 2019
|Born||6 October 1947|
|Political party||Centre Party|
|Alma mater||University of Jyväskylä|
Reijo Mauri Matias Pekkarinen (born 6 October 1947, in Kinnula, Finland) is a Finnish politician, currently serving as a Member of European Parliament for Finland. He is the Centre Party of Finland (Suomen Keskusta) deputy and secretary, having served in various cabinet position in the Finish government, including as Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Trade and Industry, and Minister of the Interior. He is known by the nickname "The Parliament Terrier".
Early life & Education
Pekkarinen first became interested in politics as a student at the University of Jyväskylä in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from where he graduated with a Master's in Social Studies in 1974. He had long held an interest in economics and society and began to take part in party politics at the age of 24.
Minister of Trade and Industry
As new Minister of Trade and Industry, Pekkarinen stated his goal to "promote entrepreneurship and economic growth and thus contribute to diminishing unemployment, [and] to tackle large issues in the field of energy policy such as the carbon dioxide emissions trade between companies in the EU and the building a new nuclear power reactor in Finland", and has also stated an interest in preserving good relations with France. In 2008 his title was changed to Minister of Economic Affairs.
Mauri Pekkarinen suggested higher food VAT to collect more taxes in January 2014. Reduction of the food VAT was an election theme in 2007 Finnish parliamentary election. Half of the promised food VAT reduction after the elections was implemented as a reduction of VAT on food served in restaurants. Pekkarinen's suggestion of 2014 did not include a cancellation of the reduced restaurant VAT.
Pekkanen married his wife Raija in 1972. Together they have four children.
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- Minister of Economic Affairs – Finnish Government
- VAT won't increase next year, says Finance Ministry yle 27.1.2014
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