Gunilla Carlsson ( born May 11, 1963 in Lund, Skåne County, Sweden ) is a Swedish politician of the Moderate samlingspartiet and was from 2006 to 2013 Minister for International Development Cooperation in the Government of Fredrik Reinfeldt.
After school she attended from 1982 to 1983 courses in bookkeeping and accounting at the University of Linköping and was thereafter from 1984 to 1990 as an accountant and then worked as a Senior Accountant from 1990 to 1994.
In 1989 she began her political career with election to Ortschaftsrates of Vadstena. Between 1992 and 1995 she was vice- chairman of the youth organization and at the same time Co-opted member of the board of the Moderate Party. She was Vice President of the Nordic Conservative Youth Union and then in 1994 the Secretariat administrator Political Moderates in the Reichstag in 1993. Subsequently, she was between 1994 and 1998 Vice- Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union ( IYDU ).
In 1994 she was also a member of the 4th European Parliament and belonged to the European Parliament as a member of the Group of the European People's Party ( Christian Democrats) and European Democrats until 2002. During this time she was from 1999 to 2002 not only Chairman of the Delegation of the Moderate Party, but also a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Community Security and Defence Policy and Substitute Member of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.
In addition, she was a member from 1996 to 1997 the program committee of the party and after a stint as 2nd Vice Chair 1999-2003 samlingspartiet since 2003, first vice- chairman of the Moderate and thus first deputy party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt.
In the Reichstag elections of 15 September 2002, she was elected MPs and this was one until 2006. She was also a member of the delegation war from 2002 to 2006, member of the Education Committee from 2002 to 2003 and also from 2002 to 2004 a member of the Committee on European Union Affairs and from 2003 to 2004 of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In addition, it was from 2004 to 2006 not only Alternieredes member of the delegation of Sweden to the Nordic Council, but at the same time also Deputy Member of the Committee on EU Affairs and Vice- Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
In addition, Gunilla Carlsson was 2004-2006 Vice- President of the European People's Party.
On 6 October 2006 she was appointed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Minister for International Development Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry. From this post she resigned on 17 September 2013. Her successor was Hillevi Engström, who had previously held the office of the Secretary of Labor.