LEADER 2030: pop-up involvement and solid development skills
LEADER is an excellent example of how the EU may be present in our everyday lives. Finland adopted the LEADER approach as the local development tool in 1996, one year after Finland's accession to the Union. Influence at the grass-root level was easy to adapt to the Finnish society and way of thinking, and it is going to have a significant role in the future as well. In the early years LEADER managed to win many of the EU critics in the rural areas on its side.
EU Ministers agree to fast-track ratification of Paris agreement
EU Ministers for the Environment agreed to speed up the process for the ratification of Paris agreement during an extraordinary Environment Council meeting on 30 September 2016 in Brussels. In Finland the preparations of the government proposal for the national ratification of the Paris agreement are well underway.
The EU and Turkey agree about measures to manage the migratory flows
The meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey in Brussels on 7 March discussed measures to manage the migratory flows. Turkey confirmed its commitment to accept the return of all irregular migrants coming to Greece who are not in need of international protection. The EU Member States, for their part, promised to accept one Syrian refugee for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey from Greece. Additional funding for assisting the refugees will be granted to Turkey.
Prime Minister Sipilä in London on Finland's support to Syria and its neighbouring countries
Prime Minister Sipilä will participate in the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London on 4 February together with over 30 other Heads of State or Government. The Conference is being hosted by the Heads of Government of the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the UN Secretary General.
Prime Ministers Sipilä and Medvedev met in St Petersburg
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in St Petersburg on 29 January. The meeting of the premiers focussed on topical bilateral relations, including matters related to trade and commerce and the economy. The situation in the Ukraine, the relations between the EU and Russia and the international situation in broader terms were also discussed during the meeting.
European Council speeds up measures to manage migratory flows
On 17 December, the two-day meeting of the European Council in Brussels began with discussions on migration and the UK's EU relation. The European Council stated that so far the measures to manage the migratory flows have been insufficient. It is indispensable to regain control over the external borders for the integrity of Schengen to be safeguarded.
EU leaders agreed on action to manage migration
At an informal meeting in Brussels on 23 September, the EU heads of state or government urged the EU institutions and member states' governments to accelerate their work on measures proposed by the Commission to manage migration. The EU leaders also discussed how to address the reasons why people leave their home countries.
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