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Gunnar Hökmark

Vice Chairman, European People's Party and Member of the European Parliament

Gunnar Hökmark is a Swedish politician for the Moderate Party and a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. In January 2007 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, a position he held until 2014. Hökmark completed a BA in business administration and economics at Lund University in 1975, after which he joined Swedish Unilever 1976 as trainee and became product manager 1977. In 1979 he was elected Chairman of the Moderate Youth, and in 1981 he also became Chairman of the Democratic Youth Community of Europe. In 1982, Hökmark was elected into the Swedish Parliament, where he was the spokesman of privacy policy, energy policy and economic affairs, as well as President of the Standing Committee on Constitutional Affairs. In 2004 he was elected into the European Parliament.

Mr Hökmark led the Swedish European Union membership referendum campaign while serving as the Secretary General of the moderate party (1991-2000), and was responsible for the process of the Moderate Party joining the European People’s Party as full member. In 1989 he started the so-called Monday movement, a popular movement supporting the independence of the Baltic States, which today is manifested by a monument in Stockholm. For this this initiative, Hökmark was awarded Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian orders. In 1993 Hökmark established the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation with international activities to support the development of democracy and rule of law in former dictatorships, which he chaired until 2000. In 2018 Hökmark was awarded by The Society of the Survivors of the Holocaust for his commitment to combatting antisemitism and xenophobia. He continues to be active in the European Alliance for Holocaust Survivors, an alliance he has formerly served as Chair.