EUROPEAN COMMISSION, EUROPE
Cecilia Malmström has served as the European Commissioner for Trade since 2014. Previously, she was the European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs where she worked on police cooperation, border control, asylum, and migration. In this role, she also assisted the EU in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Cecilia was born was born in 1968 and grew up in France. Currently, she resides in Brussels with her husband and two children.
According to Cecilia, her interest in European politics was awakened by two key events: The first, a family visit to Normandy see the World War II cemeteries; and the second, when a friend in Barcelona told her how her grandmother took her down to the cellar to sing Catalan children's songs, which was not allowed under Franco's fascist dictatorship.
Later, she completed a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg, where she worked for a number of years as a researcher and taught European politics. From 1999 to 2006, Cecilia focused her energies on foreign affairs, human rights, EU enlargement and constitutional issues as a member of the European Pariment. After the Swedish national elections of 2006, she was appointed EU minister where she was responsible for issues such as the Lisbon Treaty, the EU strategy for growth and employment and the review of the EU budget. During this time, she also worked to build support for the EU among Swedish citizens. In 2009, she coordinated the preparatory work and the implementation of the Swedish Presidency of the EU.