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Photo of Connie HedegaardConnie Hedegaard

European Commissioner for Climate Action

Connie Hedegaard started her political career in 1984 as a Member of Parliament in Denmark for the Conservative Peoples Party. Before joining the European Commission, she has been Minister for Environment (2004-2007), Minister for Nordic Cooperation (2005-2007), and Minister for Climate & Energy (2007-2009).

From 1990 to 2004, Ms Hedegaard worked as a journalist for several Danish media. From 1998 to 2004, she anchored the evening news magazine "Deadline", part of the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, DR. From 1994-98 she was head of DR's Radio Newsroom. Ms Hedegaard has been a member and chairman of several Boards and Associations within fields like democratisation, journalism and international affairs. She received her Master's degree in Literature and History from University of Copenhagen.