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Employment History

Finnish Chairman

Organisation for Security

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Member of the Group

European People's Party

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Finnish People


doctoral degree

London School of Economics

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News - All the information you need! Anytime, anywhere! - Crime, Intelligence, Terrorism, Drugs, Technology, Defense & Security [cached]

According to the Finnish chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Alexander Stubb, the organisation will meet on Monday (18 August) to discuss a plan to send 100 extra observers to Georgia.

HS Home 26.2.2002 - Finland’s No.1 eurocrat [cached]

Brussels insider and Prodi adviser Alexander Stubb chose the EU over golf

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In the halls of the European Union, one cannot tell that Alexander Stubb is Finnish.He smiles as widely as an American, chooses his clothes as carefully as a Central European, and exchanges greetings with those around him as animatedly as a Southern European. Stubb knows the hallways of the union as well as the stairwell in the building where he lives in Brussels.He has been a member of the Finnish delegation throughout our entire EU membership. Stubb has sat in back rooms during summits, pondering the next moves, whispered instructions into the ear of Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen, and forged relationships with the delegations of other member states, the press, and public servants.
Stubb is extremely sure of himself and his principles. He has a definite view of what kind of a union we need.He also expresses his opinions openly, which makes him quite un-Finnish. At the moment, Stubb belongs to the corps of European Commission President Romano Prodi's advisers.His EU ideology is federalism. "This is not a top position, but an interesting job.This is exactly what I want to do", says Stubb, repeating his favourite phrase.
In Stubb's union, the power would lie with the institutions in Brussels, not the member states.Small countries would not be continually sidelined in political disputes among governments if authority was clearly anchored in place. According to Stubb, the problem in the Finnish discussion is that a border has been drawn between Finland and the EU.For Stubb, this border is very vague. Stubb takes himself as an example.First he worked for the Finnish government in EU-related matters, now he works for the EU as a national expert on Finland.The union and Finland both pay half of his wage.
"This is not going to be one of those family things is it?Will there be something about my wife?"Stubb checked when this article was under preparation.He emerged in the public eye rapidly a couple of years ago.Now he handles publicity like a professional. Stubb has also learned the negative side of publicity through own experience.Last year in an interview for the City magazine, he estimated that his annual wage of FIM 300,000 is quite modest, and explained that he felt a vocation for his job.Stubb heard plenty about it afterwards. Many who know Stubb would be prepared to bet that he will still leave a mark in politics.Four parties have asked him whether he would like to be their candidate in the next elections for the European Parliament. "I will not participate in the next Parliamentary elections", he says, but does not rule out the next European Parliament elections in 2004. In any case, he wishes to participate in the Finnish discussion in the future as well."I have an abundance of information from within the EU that must be distributed."
The curriculum vitae of 33-year-old Stubb is impressively long. In the CV, he lists 26 publications on the EU that sport his name on the cover.Stubb calculates he has held over 500 public speeches or lectures.He plays golf – he played for five years on the Finnish national team – and his other hobbies include running, skiing, bicycling, going to the gym, motor sports, travelling, political philosophy, music, computers, cigars, and books. Stubb is fluent in Finnish, Swedish, English, French, and German.The first three are either his native or home languages.He has been - or still is - an assistant, an advisor, a consultant, a public servant, a researcher, a professor, a columnist, the husband of a lawyer, and a father. "Right now the most important ones are the last two."
His interest in the EU was sparked when Stubb studied business in the United States in the mid-1990s.One of his dreams was to become a professional golf player one day. First his thoughts strayed to American politics, then he met an interesting EU Professor and was sold immediately.Loyal to his style, Stubb did not waste any time on second thoughts, but began to prepare himself without delay. Returning to Europe after four years, Stubb enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study French because he "knew that in the EU you need to master French". After that, Stubb made his way from the College of Europe in Brugge, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the London School of Economics, and the Finnish EU representation to the Commission.
"Alex is a typical athlete, because he sets goals for himself", says one acquaintance.
"When Alex got the job at the Commission, his nationality had no role.

HS Foreign 5.4.2001 - Finnish EU researcher to be adviser to Commission President Prodi [cached]

Alexander Stubb , Finnish researcher at the Finnish mission to the European Union , has been appointed adviser to Romano Prodi , the President of the European Commission.The 33-year old Stubb is the first Finn to work in the inner circle of the Commission President.He was also the only Nordic citizen to be invited into Prodi's group of advisers.Stubb will join Prodi's group of advisers as of the beginning of June.The advisers consult with the Commission President on the key political issues of the day.

Stubb will be part of a four-member group focusing on issues concerning the future of the EU.
Stubb was very happy when his appointment was annonced on Wednesday.It is no top position , but it is a very interesting task , he said.Prodi took care in choosing the 16-member unit , spending nearly six months on the choice.One of the posts was earmarked for Finland.It is good that Finns are in demand within the EU , Stubb commented.Stubb will have his post at least until the end of 2002.His job involves drafting Commission strategies , writing Prodi's speeches on the future of the EU , and following EU debate on changes in its institutions.
As his post is one of an invited national expert , he will forward information from the Commission to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.The Ministry sees the post as a good vantage point for Finland into the Commission.Stubb had an important role in the previous round of EU reform last year.He served as secretary of the Finnish delegation.The inter-governmental discussions which lasted for a year culminated in the Nice summit.Stubb has a doctoral degree from the London School of Economics.He has also studied at in Belgium , at the College of Europe in Brugges , where he still serves as a visiting professor.
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Alex Stubb

NOTE: Alex Stubb is member of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats.He is the EPP-ED "shadow rapporteur" on the "reflection period" in the EP.You can also visit his website.
Comment from Alex Stubb, MEP

EAEA - NEWS - Multilingualism, EU style [cached]

Last September a Parliamentary report on Multilingualism and interpretation costs drafted by Finnish People's Party member Alexander Stubb highlighted areas in which savings could be made.

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