Merja Kyllönen (born 1977) is a Finnish Member of the European Parliament in the GUE/NGL group. Ms. Kyllönen is an active member in the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), a substitute in the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the coordinator of transport issues in her political group. In addition to her work in the committees, she is also a member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, as well as substitute member of the Delegation for relations with Japan. Ms. Kyllönen is a former minister for transport in Finland (2011-2014). During her term as transport minister the focus of transport policy was shifted from capacity to customers and a more resource-wise transport system. She started her political career at 19, and has been serving as a councillor in her home town Suomussalmi since 2000. She was a member of the Finnish parliament from 2007 to 2014. She commutes to Brussels from rural northern Finland every week and is a heavy user of the European transport system. Her ambition is to make transport in Europe smoother, safer and greener.