The Nordic and African countries gathered at Aulanko in summery surroundings
The Nordic foreign ministers met this weekend, 15–16 June, with their colleagues from eleven African countries. The meeting was hosted by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. In addition to the Nordic countries, the participants came from Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. The themes discussed at this meeting were the Nordic welfare state, inclusive economic growth and Africa’s conflicts.
The Arctic Council opened doors towards the east
In its meeting, the Arctic Council granted observer status on the Council to six new states. In the Kiruna meeting, the Foreign Ministers also signed an agreement on cooperation on marine oil pollution, preparedness and response in the Arctic. Europe Information just published a book concerning the Arctic Region, “Arktinen kutsuu - Suomi, EU ja arktinen alue” (in Finnish, “Call of the Arctic – Finland, the EU and the Arctic Region”).
Foreign Minister Tuomioja to Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on 15 May in Kiruna, Northern Sweden. In the meeting, the ministers will sign the Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response Agreement.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja to attend the Nordic Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will attend the Nordic Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago on 2–3 May. Sweden holds the chairmanship of the Nordic foreign and security policy cooperation this year.
Finnish PM Katainen: Lapland Retreat 2013 – fresh ideas for Europe
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb host an informal meeting, Lapland Retreat 2013, on 22–24 March in Saariselkä, Lapland. Informal discussions focus on the future challenges of Europe.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja: Nordic cooperation is a fundamental part of Finnish foreign policy
The Nordic security policy cooperation is more than the sum of its parts. Everyone involved benefits from the synergy it gives, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja points out. Nordic cooperation does not substitute other international cooperation forms but supplements the range of international cooperation Finland is involved in, the Minister highlights. He also sees many possibilities to further deepen our cooperation, based on common values.
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