Mairead McGuinness

Commissioner of Financial services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

Prior to joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms. McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017. She was an MEP for Ireland for 16 years and 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 was responsible for the parliament's communication policy.
During her time in Parliament, Ms. McGuinness served on a variety of committees covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading the EPP Group on the European Climate Bill, the review of medical devices legislation and the post-2013 CAP reform. 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 Parliament's inquiry into the collapse of the Equitable Life insurance company that identified problems related to weak financial regulation.