Peter Eriksson (politician)

Lars-Johan Peter Eriksson (born 3 August 1958) is a Swedish politician who has served as Minister for International Development Cooperation in the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven since January 2019.

Peter Eriksson
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Peter Eriksson
Minister for International Development Cooperation
Assumed office
21 January 2019
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byIsabella Lövin
Minister for Housing and Digital Development
In office
25 May 2016 – 21 January 2019
Prime MinisterStefan Löfven
Preceded byPer Bolund (acting)
Succeeded byPer Bolund (Housing)
Anders Ygeman (Digitalization)
MEP
In office
1 July 2014 – 25 May 2016
Member of the Riksdag
In office
1994–1998
ConstituencyStockholm County
In office
2002–2014
Co-spokesperson of the Swedish Green Party
In office
12 May 2002 – 21 May 2011
Serving with Maria Wetterstrand
Preceded byMatz Hammarström
Lotta Hedström
Succeeded byGustav Fridolin
Åsa Romson
Personal details
Born (1958-08-03) 3 August 1958 (age 62)
Tranås, Sweden
Political partyGreen Party

Political careerEdit

Early beginningsEdit

Eriksson began his political career in Kalix, Norrbotten, where he was Municipal Commissioner from 1999 to 2004. He was also member of the Riksdag 1994–1998 and 2002–2014.

Between 2002 and 2011, Eriksson was one of the two spokespersons (leaders) of the Green Party in Sweden, working alongside Maria Wetterstrand. Under their leadership, the party notably abandoned a demand in its manifesto that calls for Sweden to leave the EU.[1]

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2016Edit

Eriksson was a Member of the European Parliament from July 2014 to May 2016, where he served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In addition to his committee assignments, he was part of the Parliament's delegations to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, and the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.[2] Within the Greens–European Free Alliance, he served as group's vice-chair under the leadership of co-chairs Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.

Return to SwedenEdit

Eriksson served as Minister for Housing and Digital Development from May 2016 to January 2019. Since 2019, he has been serving as Minister for International Development Cooperation. In this capacity, he pledged a total of approximately US$290 million in contributions of Sweden to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the 2020-2022 period.[3]

Other activitiesEdit

  • World Bank, Ex-Officio Alternate Member of the Board of Governors (since 2019)[4]

HonoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Isabella Lövin
Minister for International Development Cooperation
2019–present
Incumbent