Security and defence – what is there to be expected in December?
At its December summit, the European Council will discuss the Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU for the first time in eight years. In recent years we have grown used to endless European Council meetings dealing only with the fate of the euro. Why have security and defence matters now risen onto the agenda of the heads of state? What objectives have been set for the talks? What results can be expected in December?
European Council to back cleantech
The European Council that convened in Brussels on 24-25 October raised, on Finland's initiative, cleantech and bio-based economy as examples of future innovation policy areas. Innovation was one of the themes discussed on Thursday as part of the debate on competitiveness in which the EU Heads of State or Government provided concrete guidelines on tools to be used to promote competitiveness and economic growth.
Ticket to Lampedusa: 2,000 dollars
Lampedusa is a small, sunny island in the Mediterranean, only 20.2 square kilometres in size and with a population of 5,500. It is the southernmost point of Italy, but geographically it is located closer to Africa. In just one week, Lampedusa became a symbol for the immigration problem affecting the whole Mediterranean region. What is it that’s actually going on? Could the tragic events in Lampedusa be a catalyst for Europe to find new solutions to its old problem?
October European Council to discuss digital economy, innovation and regulatory fitness
The European Council will meet in Brussels on 24 October. The main themes of the meeting include the Digital Single Market, services and innovation. The EU Heads of State or Government will also be briefed on the development of EMU and the Banking Union. The meeting will also discuss measures to improve the EU's regulatory fitness.
Expectant atmosphere on the EU front in Brussels
Colleagues who have been in Brussels longer than I have told me that so far the autumn has been exceptionally calm. They recall the marathon night-time meetings and tough back-and-forth discussions that were commonplace in the worst days of the Eurozone crisis. The crisis is abating, even fading.
EU Foreign Ministers to meet owing to the situation in Egypt
The EU Foreign Ministers will convene for an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, 21 August. The meeting is held owing to recent events in Egypt. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja.
European Council President Van Rompuy to Finland
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will visit Helsinki on Tuesday 7 May. During his visit Van Rompuy will meet Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen to discuss key EU issues. On 7 May, President Van Rompuy and Prime Minister Katainen will also hold a public discussion session to debate the future of Europe.
Prime Minister Katainen visited the European Parliament
On Tuesday 16 April, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He delivered a statement at the Parliament's plenary session focusing on the future of the European Union. - Can Europe be more fair in the future? I think it can. To me fair integration means that the European Union continues to be founded on common values and rules that are truly respected by all and at all times, Katainen said.
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