ICT4Life is very glad to have welcomed in its community of supporters three Members of the European Parliament: MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP Brando Benifei and MEP Massimo Paolucci. From different political groups and with different fields of interest, these three supporters bring valuable perspectives to the ICT4Life community. Let’s learn more about them.
Sirpa Pietikäinen is a member of the European People’s Party. Former Minister of Environment in Finland from 1991 to 1995 and member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2005, Sirpa Pietikäinen has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014.
Concerned with economic stability and growth, the environment, animal welfare and health issues, she is also highly involved in promoting better knowledge on memory disabling diseases and finding solutions for people with cognitive or memory diseases.
She is committed to put this public health issue on the EU political agenda, and she is part of organisations dedicated to this cause at both national and European levels including as Vice-Chairperson of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance and Member of the Alzheimer Europe Board. Hence, she is a recognized member of the coalition for mental health and well-being coordinated by Mental Health Europe. Whilst promoting the potential benefits brought by eHealth notably in supporting active ageing, Sirpa Pietikäinen advocates for a change towards an approach to digital health which involves the users in its planning and design to ensure user-friendly, accessible outcomes.
Brando Benifei was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2014 and is a Member of the Socialists & Democrats group. Youngest member of the Italian delegation to the European Parliament, Brando Benifei is a board member of EU40 network of young Members of the European Parliament. Among many other causes, he stands for youth employment and social inclusion.
Designated eskills4jobs ambassador by the European Commission, Brando Benifei’s work has recently been recognized and rewarded by the MEP award 2018 on employment and social affairs. Vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup and committed to the defence of migrants’ rights, this dynamic MEP also takes action towards innovation regarding medical technologies and related topics.
Brando Benifei is, according to the stances he has been taking on artificial intelligence, in favour of a coordination between digitalisation and human empathy. He recognizes the added-value of new technologies to healthcare, without underestimating the research to be led and the challenges to be addressed to unleash the full potential of such tools.
Massimo Paolucci has been elected Member of the European Parliament in 2014, as representative of the Socialists & Democrats groups. He is involved in ENVI and AGRI committees’ activities.
Promoting sustainable development and a radical change in the economic and cohesion policies, he is part of the Intergroup on LGBT rights, member of the delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China and substitute in the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Among the topics Mr. Paolucci has been particularly involved in since the beginning of his term, can be pointed out the circular economy (he was the shadow rapporteur on resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy for the S&D group) and several pieces of legislation on air quality (medium combustion plants, mercury). He is also a Member of the Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides.