|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014 - 1 July 2019
14 July 2009 - 21 June 2011
1 January 1995 - 25 March 2003
|Minister for International Development|
22 June 2011 - 16 October 2013
|Chair of the Finnish Green Party|
1 March 1987 - 19 May 1991
|Member of the Finnish Parliament|
16 March 2003 - 14 July 2009
5 March 1991 - 19 March 1995
Heidi Anneli Hautala
14 November 1955
|Political party|| Finnish|
European Green Party
|Alma mater||University of Helsinki|
She is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the third time. Previously she held the post from 1995 to 2003 and 2009 to 2011 when she chaired the Subcommittee on Human Rights 2009-2011. She served as minister for international development and ownership steering issues in Jyrki Katainen's cabinet.
Hautala was the leader of the Finnish Green Party from 1987 to 1991, and a presidential candidate in 2000 and 2006. She was a member of the national parliament from 1991 to 1995.
After Finland joined the European Union (EU) in 1995, Hautala was elected to the European Parliament. Between 1998 and 1999, she served as chair of the Committee on Women's Rights. She later led the Greens-European Free Alliance in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2002, alongside Paul Lannoye.
After less than two years on the assembly's influential environment committee, Hautala was chosen to steer a highly sensitive proposal for a Fuel Quality Directive through the parliament.
As a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs between 1999 and 2003, Hautala participated in the negotiations to increase openness in the EU. In 2001, she successfully took the Council of the European Union to the European Court of Justice over access to a document on arms export rules. The Court ruled that the ministers should have considered publishing at least part of the document. The so-called "Hautala case" set a precedent in European law for access to documents. In 2002, Hautala led a campaign for the European Parliament to set up a public register of members' assistants.
Between 2002 and 2003, Hautala was the president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Public Health.
Hautala returned to the national Parliament in the elections of 2003.
Hautala was the chair of the Administrative Council of Neste Oil, a Finnish oil refining and marketing company producing mainly transportation fuels and other refined petroleum products. She works closely with EU affairs as a member of the Grand Committee. In addition, she chaired the Green parliamentary group and was the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee in the Finnish Parliament. Also she was a member of the Parliament's Speaker's Council, as well as the chair of the National Equality Commission (TANE). She advocates environmental responsibility, openness in politics, and global justice.
In the first round of the 2006 election, Hautala finished fourth of the eight candidates with a vote share of 3.5% (105,248 votes).
Hautala was nominated the minister of international development and state ownership to Jyrki Katainen's government in 2011. In 2013 it emerged Hautala had hired cleaning lady and repair work without taking care of the employer payments. She agreed to pay the contributions and apologised for her actions, and resigned from the ministerial working group against the informal economy. Later, she promoted the service Palkkaus.fi service that was inspired by her: the service intends to make it easy for private employers to handle all the employer payments through a website.
Hautala resigned from her development and state ownership steering minister position in October 2013 amidst of allegations of abuse of power.
In a protest against Arctic ice drilling a year earlier, members of Greenpeace boarded without authorization on the multipurpose icebreakers Fennica and Nordica operated by the state-owned company Arctia Shipping under contract to the Royal Dutch Shell. Hautala's office had recommended that the company withdraw its criminal complaint against Greenpeace, and threatened to fire the management in case that they disobliged. When Iltalehti first broke the story, Hautala initially offered a different account of the events, denying that her office had pressured the company. She eventually stated that she could no longer work as a minister, because she had been inaccurate and remembered things incorrectly.
Hautala had also made comments in an open support of Greenpeace activists detained in Russia under piracy charges, criticising Russia of "disproportionately tough measures" against the members of the NGO.
In February 2014 the Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Jonkka stated, that neither Hautala nor the head of the state ownership steering unit of the government acted unlawfully when preventing the filing criminal charges a case against Greenpeace.
Later, former activists of the Finnish Seafarer's Union admitted they started the Arctia Shipping case with the help of Finns Party's Matti Putkonen. Hautala considered having been a target of the union activists because of lay offs due to sectoral reforms.
Hautala returned to the European Parliament following the 2014 elections. She has since been a member of the Committee on Development, Committee on Legal Affairs and Committee on International Trade as well as substitute member of the Committee on Budgets. She also served as vice-chair of the Greens-European Free Alliance, under the leadership of Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts from 1 July 2014 to 14 November 2017. She was also a co-president of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and the chair of European Parliament delegation to the Euronest from 4 September 2014 to 1 February 2017.
In addition to her committee assignment, Hautala served as co-chair of the Working group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, and Development in the European Parliament. She was also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara, several international delegations and the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
In 2016, Hautala was appointed by Erik Solheim, the Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee, to serve on the High Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee under the leadership of Mary Robinson. On development, Hautala has proposed that sexual and reproductive health and rights and a gender action plan be core elements of the development policy in light of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has opposed using development policy mechanisms as a basis for military intervention under EU umbrella, denouncing a weak legal basis for the move.
On trade, Hautala has proposed to curb the global trade of illegal timber to prevent deforestation, asked the European Commission to introduce legislation to establish human rights due diligence requirements for multinational EU companies to respect human rights and prevent incidents such as Rana Plaza. and presented a shadow EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, to increase business accountability and responsibility, avoid that globalisation produce a race to the bottom and stop supply chains which deliver profits from human rights violations, such as an estimated $150 billion a year from forced labour.
In October 2017, Hautala was appointed as the Vice President of the European Parliament until summer 2019, becoming the third Finn to hold the position. In this capacity, she was also a member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), which oversees the Parliament's election observation missions.
Results of her parliamentary activity include several reports of which she was in charge as rapporteur and which have been approved by a very large majority, including:
In March 2019, Hautala won another lawsuit for transparency, case T-329/17 Hautala and others v EFSA: the General Court annulled «the decision of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of 14 March 2017, in so far as EFSA refused access to the parts "material, experimental conditions and methods" and "results and discussion" of 12 carcinogenicity studies on the active substance glyphosate». The lawsuit was filed in 2017, following a long controversy around the glyphosate re-authorisation process and the so-called Monsanto Papers, after which EFSA refused to release a number of documents including 75 unpublished studies because «disclosure of the other parts of the studies could undermine the commercial interests of their owners». The court established «that the protection of those commercial interests may not be invoked to preclude the disclosure of that information» by EU institutions, as the public interest prevails.
For the Finnish semester, Hautala has proposed the promotion of health and well-being as an overall objective under which to work on matters such as global warming, air pollution and energy efficiency of buildings.
Hautala was ranked as one of the 15 most influential MEPs in the 2014-19 legislature by VoteWatch, as measured by the positions held, the number of reports and opinions and the votes won, weighed by perceived importance and normalized by average influence of their country.
Hautala got re-elected to the European Parliament. She serves this term as a Member of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). She also serve as a Substitute Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). In addition, Hautala participates as a Member in the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), as a Substitute Member in the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and as a Substitute Member in the Delegation to the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Partnership Committee, the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee.
Hautala was elected as Vice-President of the European Parliament in October 2017 and re-elected to this office in 2019.
The main themes in her work are human rights, openness, global justice and environmentally responsible legislation. She is also the founder of the European Parliament working group for Responsible Business Conduct, which involves a number of stakeholders and MEPs from different political groups.
So when Heidi Hautala, a Green MP and former environment minister [sic], blasted declining democratic standards in Vladimir Putin's Russia, the sense of shock in Helsinki was palpable. .... The nervous reaction to Ms Hautala's remarks has provided a faint echo of the self-censorship of the Soviet era, when the term "Finlandisation" was coined to describe countries that quietly tailored their politics and policies to suit Moscow. "The mindset has not totally changed. It's still there in the back of our heads," said Lasse Lehtinen, a Finnish MEP. Ms Hautala's worries were well founded, he added. "There is a general, growing feeling of unease about Russia for the past two years or so. We don't say it, but we think it."-- The Guardian article: "Putin's shadow falls over Finland", 2011
In 2008, Hautala published the book "Venäjä-teesit. Vakaus vai vapaus" about Russia. In 2015, news media reported that she was included in a Russian blacklist of prominent people from the European Union who are not allowed to enter the country.
Hautala has a son from her relationship with a Finnish artist J. O. Mallander. Hautala has also been in a relationship with a German researcher Carlo Jordan, and was considered close to Russian film director Andrei Nekrasov, a vocal critic of Putin.
The public interest in having access to the information relating to emissions into the environment is specifically to know not only what is, or foreseeably will be, released into the environment, but also to understand the way in which the environment could be affected by the emissions in question
She told EUobserver: "We are close friends. I've known him since many years. We've been ardently pursuing Putin's regime together. That's all I can say."
This article was updated to remove an incorrect reference to filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov's relationship with MEP Heidi Hautala.