Pernille Weiss
Weiss as 2018 candidate for European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament
for Denmark
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born (1968-03-12) 12 March 1968 (age 56)
Middelfart, Denmark
Political partyConservative People's Party
Children3
Residence(s)Christianshavn, Copenhagen[3]
Alma materOdense School of Nursing
University of Southern Denmark
Copenhagen Business School
ProfessionPolitician, businesswoman
Websitehttps://pernilleweiss.dk/

Pernille Weiss (born 12 March 1968) is a Danish politician, and businesswoman who was elected as a Conservative People's Party (part of the EPP Group) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2019 European parliamentary election in Denmark. She is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Archimed, a healthcare and architectural consultancy.

Early life and career

Pernille Weiss was born on 12 March 1968 in Gamborg, Middelfart.[3][4] Weiss grew up in Funen.[5] Her early education was at the Middelfart Gymnasium.[6] Weiss joined the Conservative People's Party at the age of 15.[7] She qualified as a nurse in 1992 from the Odense School of Nursing in Funen and later specialised in forensic nursing.[3] From 1996 to 2004 she was a member of the Funen County Council.[5] Weiss obtained a Cand.scient. in Health Sciences from the University of Southern Denmark in 2004.[3][8]

Four years later, Weiss gained a master's degree in Leadership and Innovation from Copenhagen Business School.[3] In the same year, she founded Archimed, a healthcare, and architectural consultancy.[5][9] She is its chief executive officer (CEO).[10] Weiss had previously worked for consulting firm COWI, and architectural firm Arkitema.[8] In 2017, she became a certified sexologist.[7][8][11]

Member of the European Parliament

Weiss stood as a candidate in the 2019 European parliamentary election for the Conservative People's Party. She was first on her party's list.[5] Weiss was elected as its sole MEP in Denmark.[12]

In the European Parliament, Weiss is part of the EPP group.[4] Since 2019, she has been serving on the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy. In this capacity, she has been the parliament’s rapporteur on the European Union’s Pharmaceutical Directive (2023) and the Waste Shipment Regulation (2023).[13]

In addition to her committee assignments, Weiss is part of the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,[14] the European Parliament Intergroup on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs),[15] the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights[16] and the MEP Interest Group on Obesity & Health System Resilience.[17]

In May 2023, an internal investigation uncovered reports of bullying in Weiss’ office. Shortly after, the Conservative People's Party under its leader Søren Pape Poulsen announced that it would not nominate her as a candidate for the 2024 European Parliament election.[18] Weiss appealed the decision at the party's annual conference in Herning on 23 September where it was affirmed with 440 delegates' votes for and 145 against.[19][20]

Political positions

Weiss has described her priorities in the parliament to be to strengthen the European Union's energy, and climate policy, and controls on immigration.[8][21]

Personal life

Weiss has been married twice and has three children.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Archived from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Blå bog: Konservatives spidskandidat Pernille Weiss". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). 27 May 2019. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Pernille Weiss". European Parliament. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Konservative gør Pernille Weiss til EU-spidskandidat". Fyens Stiftstidende (in Danish). 20 August 2018. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  6. ^ Bonde, Jan (18 March 2019). "Nostalgi: Ringen sluttet for Pernille fra Gamborg" (in Danish). Melfar Posten. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b Bakkær, Birgit (3 November 2016). "Skarp tunge gør comeback: Pernille Weiss vil i Folketinget". Fyens Stiftstidende (in Danish). Archived from the original on 25 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d "Pernille Weiss" (in Danish). Altinget. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Archimed". Archimed. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Pernille Weiss Terkildsen". Archimed. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Overblik Her er partiernes EU-spidskandidater: Der er kun uvished om DF" (in Danish). DR. 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 27 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Resultater EP-valg" (in Danish). DR. 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  13. ^ Carlo Martuscelli (30 May 2023), Danish conservative MEP deselected over bullying complaints Politico Europe.
  14. ^ Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development European Parliament.
  15. ^ Intergroup on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) European Parliament.
  16. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights
  17. ^ Mia Bartoloni (April 23, 2021), Movers and Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  18. ^ Carlo Martuscelli (30 May 2023), Danish conservative MEP deselected over bullying complaints Politico Europe.
  19. ^ Færch, Emil (23 September 2023). "Pernille Weiss vraget som kandidat – men fik støtte fra stort mindretal". TV 2. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  20. ^ "Weiss tabte slaget om at komme på konservativ EU-liste". Jyllands-Posten. 23 September 2023. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  21. ^ Ryborg, Ole (18 March 2019). "Pernille Weiss: Al vores politik skal måles i forhold til klima-effekten" (in Danish). DR. Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.