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Mairead McGuinness

Commissioner, Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union
European Commission
Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability, and Capital Markets Union. The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society, and the environment. Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms. McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014. As Vice-President, she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organizations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy. During her time in the Parliament, Ms. McGuinness sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions, and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European Climate Law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland. In 2006-2007, Ms. McGuinness chaired the Parliament’s investigation into the collapse of the Equitable Life assurance company which identified issues around weak financial regulation. Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and commentator.