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.
Minister Tuomioja in Brussels: Global change requires clear priorities in European foreign policy
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja spoke about the future of the European Union’s foreign policy, the European External Action Service and diplomacy at the event “Policy Dialogue – Shaping the EU system of diplomacy: the European External Action Service and the future of foreign policy”, organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Brussels on 11 March.
Prime Minister Katainen met President Van Rompuy in Brussels
During his informal visit to Brussels on 16 January, Prime Minister Katainen met President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe.
Prime Minister Katainen: EU moves forward in a positive spirit
On 13–14 December, the meeting of EU Heads of State or Government discussed the guidelines for the development of the Economic and Monetary Union to safeguard economic growth, wellbeing and stability in Europe. Economic policies in the Member States must be geared towards sustainability and disciplinity with the intention of enhancing competitiveness and boosting employment.
EU foreign ministers discussed Russia, Middle East, Syria, Western Balkans and the transatlantic relations
The EU Foreign Affairs Council convened in Brussels on 10 December. The topics of discussion at the meeting include Russia, the Middle East peace process, Western Balkans, EU’s southern neighbourhood and EU-US relations. Finland was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja. See Minister Erkki Tuomioja’s comments after the meeting.
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