Finland’s presidency of N5 and NB8 end with Foreign Minister meetings on 20 and 21 December

Finland’s presidency of N5 and NB8 end with Foreign Minister meetings on 20 and 21 December

In 2021, Finland chaired the Nordic (N5) cooperation on foreign and security policy and the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) cooperation. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will host the last meetings of the two presidencies as virtual meetings on 20 December (N5) and 21 December (NB8).

At their meetings, the foreign ministers will discuss topical foreign and security policy issues, such as Belarus, Ukraine, arms control ahead of the conference to review the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the rule of law, and questions related to the UN and the OSCE. 

“Finland’s presidencies of N5 and NB8 have been a great experience, as these cooperation arrangements offer an important opportunity to discuss key international policy issues among our close partners. Video conferences are useful, but it was especially great that we were able to hold the NB8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Finland at Vanajanlinna in September,” says Foreign Minister Haavisto. 

Next year, the N5 presidency will be held by Norway and the NB8 presidency by Lithuania.

Inquiries: 

Anu Konttinen, Diplomatic Adviser to Foreign Minister Haavisto, tel. +358 295 350 323 

Christina Lehtinen, Deputy Director, Unit for Northern Europe, tel. +358 295 351 787

Anu Korppi, Counsellor, tel. +358 50 911 6955

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format [email protected]