Future of Europe: Legacy of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU

This seminar entitled 'Future of Europe: Legacy of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU' brings together esteemed speakers and politicians from Finland and Europe. With European elections having been held in May and the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU soon drawing to a close, it is important to fully analyse the hot topics of debate in Europe. The seminar will also be a transition towards the Croatian Presidency, beginning in January 2020 as the last term of the Trio.

The seminar, arranged in collaboration with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Helsinki, is to be held in Helsinki Music Centre on Thursday 7 November 2019 for 150 guests. The seminar is divided into three main segments:

1) Future of Europe: Fight for our Rights and Values

Finland – as a small member state – sees the rule of law in international politics as one of the most important principles. A rules-based international order is an existential question for this country. Hence, Finland is aiming to push forward the Commission’s proposal under which the EU could suspend cohesion funds to countries where the rule of law is breached.
European values are under attack. The attacks come from within the European Union as well as outside our borders. Far-right political movements, national populism and the geopolitical turmoil caused by instability in superpower politics challenge our value base. Hence, Finland has been a strong advocate of European values, such as peace and democracy.
The first segment of the seminar focuses on upholding our rights and values.

2) Future of Europe: The Trio Programme

The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU will end on 31 December, and so the transition towards the Croatian Presidency is under preparation as we speak. The Trio Programme of January 2019 to June 2020 started with the Romanian Presidency and will conclude during the Croatian term.
In this segment, the seminar focuses on the Trio Programme and we hear from Minister Tytti Tuppurainen and Mr. Josip Buljevic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Finland. The audience will have a chance to ask questions.

3) Future of Europe: The New European Parliament

The last segment of the seminar focuses on the European Parliament, whose members were elected in May 2019. With the new European Parliament starting its work for the future of Europe, the seminar is pleased to host a discussion by a number of esteemed MEPs and NGO leaders on the future of Europe from the perspective of the European Parliament.

The audience will have a chance to ask questions.

In addition, the EP Liaison Office in Helsinki will have the opportunity to present its activities to the 150 people attending the seminar.

Aku Aarva
Toiminnanjohtaja | Executive Director
+358 41 432 6510


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7.11.2019 15.30 – 19.30




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