Finnish Government and the European Commission meet in Helsinki
The president and members of the European Commission will meet the ministers of the Finnish government in Helsinki on 4–5 July. The meeting between the European Commission and the government of the country holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union is a traditional opening event for each presidency and its objective is to prepare cooperation between the Commission and the presidency.
The Commission’s visit will start on Thursday evening, when the members of the Commission meet the Finnish ministers over a dinner at the Prime Minister’s official residence Kesäranta. On Friday, Prime Minister Antti Rinne and President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will have a meeting between them, while other members of the Commission and the Finnish government will meet in three groups. These sessions will be followed by a meeting between all the ministers and commissioners.
After the meetings, Prime Minister Rinne and President of the Commission Juncker will hold a press conference, which will be webcast live.
Later on Friday, the Commissioners will have lunch, hosted by the President of the Republic, followed by a visit to the Finnish Parliament.
Government Communications Department: Anne Sjöholm, Head of Presidency Communications, tel. +358 40 537 07 33, anne.sjoholm(at)vnk.fi, and Tiina Varhee, Communications Assistant, tel. +358 295 160 710
Office of the President of the Republic: Riikka Hietajärvi, Communications Specialist, tel. +358 50 304 7997, press(at)tpk.fi
Parliament: Rami Kurth, Information Officer, tel. +358 9 432 2482, rami.kurth(at)parliament.fi
European Commission Representation in Finland: Nina Hotti, Information Officer, tel. +358 50 384 7857, nina.hotti(at)ec.europa.eu
Indicative media programme
Due to great media interest, it may be necessary to restrict photographers’ access to photo opportunities.
Media representatives will be notified on Wednesday 3 July at the latest which photo opportunities they can attend.
Thursday 4 July, Kesäranta, address: Kesärannantie 1
Security check is open in Kesäranta from 19.00 to 19.30. The Presidency accreditation badge and a photo ID must be presented upon arrival. There are no working areas available for media representatives in Kesäranta.
20.00 Photo opportunity at the start: Meeting of the Finnish ministers and the commissioners
Pool A: photographers only
Friday 5 July, House of Estates, address: Snellmaninkatu 9–11
The Presidency accreditation badge and a photo ID must be presented upon arrival. Please reserve at least 30 minutes for the security check.
An area for work and waiting has been reserved for the media. It is open from 8.00 to 13.30, and wireless internet access and workstations are provided.
8.00 Media centre and media security check open
9.00–9.30 Ministers and Commissioners arrive at House of Estates
Photo opportunity indoors for photographers and journalists.
10.00 Meeting between Prime Minister Rinne and President of the Commission Juncker
Pool B: photographers only at the start
10.45 Family photo of the Finnish government and the Commission
Photo opportunity for photographers only
11.00 Meeting of the Finnish government and the Commission
Pool C: photographers only at the start
11.30–11.45 Press conference of Prime Minister Rinne and President of the Commission Juncker, language English. Confrence will be streamed live
Friday 5 July, Presidential Palace, address: Mariankatu 2 (glass door entrance)
The Presidency accreditation badge and a photo ID must be presented upon arrival. Media representatives are requested to arrive at the security check by 11.40 at the latest.
12.05 Lunch hosted by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö
Pool D: photographers only at the start
Friday 5 July, Parliament Building, address: Mannerheimintie 30, A door
The Presidency accreditation badge and a photo ID must be presented upon arrival. The security check will close 30 minutes before the start of the first meeting.
14.00 Meeting with members of the Grand Committee, Finance Committee Room, Level 4
Pool E: photographers only at the start
14.40 Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament/First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Speaker’s Reception Rooms, Level 1
Pool E: photographers only at the start
Photos from the meeting
Videos from the meeting
Sharing the press conference webcast on media channels
The press conference of Prime Minister Rinne and President of the Commission Juncker will be webcast live by the Audiovisual Service of the European Commission. The media are free to provide the webcast on their own channels, if reference is made to the original source.
Follow the Commission’s visit on Twitter on the accounts of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU @EU2019FI and Finland’s Government @valtioneuvosto and @FinGovernment and on Instagram @eu2019fi and @finnishgovernment using #EU2019FI.