Cecilia Malmström (born 1968) is a Swedish citizen, married with two children.
She partly grew up in France. She has studied French literature at Sorbonne University, Paris, political science, development studies and international relations at Göteborg University in Sweden. She presented her PhD thesis in Political Science at Göteborg University in April 1998. The subject of the thesis was regionalist parties in Europe, focusing on Spain and Italy. (Makten, regionen och härligheten. Regionala partier i Europa. SNS Förlag 1998) In parallel with the studies, she has also lectured and done research at the same institution. The topics have covered different aspects of European politics, migration, terrorism etc.
Apart from the academic work, she has also worked as a technical assistant at SKF in Paris, Stuttgart and Barcelona, as an assistant psychiatric nurse at Lillhagens mentalsjukhus and as a teacher in social sciences at Lindholmen Komvux.
Her political career started in Göteborg as a member of the Liberal party. She was the vice-chair of the municipal immigration committee and was later elected as a member of the Regional Assembly of Västra Götaland. Member of the liberal party executive committee for many years and vice-chair of the party 2007-2010. She was elected to the European Parliament in 1999, reelected in 2004 but left in 2006 to serve as Minister of European Affairs in the Swedish government. In 2010, she was appointed Commissioner for Home Affairs in the European Commission, Brussels and served as European Union Commissioner for Trade 2014-2019.
Since January 2020 she is Assar Gabrielsson visiting professor at Göteborg School of Economics at Göteborg University, Sweden
Cecilia Malmström speaks Swedish, English, French and Spanish and has a fair understanding of German and Italian. She has published books and academic articles on European Politics, Spanish and Italian politics, Migration issues etc.
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