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EU environment and climate ministers convene in Finland to find solutions to the sustainability crisis
Finland is keen to put the sustainability crisis and its possible solutions at the heart of EU policymaking. That is why climate change, the circular economy and the loss of biodiversity will be high on the agenda during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the informal meeting of environment/climate ministers on 11–12 July in Helsinki.
EU ministers responsible for competitiveness will meet in Helsinki on 4–5 July 2019. They will discuss how the EU can create sustainable growth, competitiveness, wellbeing and prosperity in the future. It is the first informal meeting of ministers during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
During its Council Presidency, Finland will host both informal meetings of ministers and meetings of working groups and experts. Finland is aiming for well-functioning and welcoming arrangements that are as sustainable as possible.
A single accreditation is sufficient to gain access to one or more informal meetings of ministers held in Finland and to the visits of the European Commission and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in Helsinki.
Finland is preparing for the start of its third presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, negotiations are under way to form a new national government following parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, the European Union is about to embark on a new five-year electoral term after the European Parliament elections.
Sustainability is the cross-cutting theme in all meeting arrangements during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Finland wants to draw attention to the climate impacts of meetings and is keen to seek new ways of doing things.
The eu2019.fi website for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU (https://eu2019.fi) features Presidency news, details of Presidency events, practical information for the media and contact details. The site was launched on Wednesday 22 May.
Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be inaugurated on 8 July in a summer party organised by the City of Helsinki.
Visual identity can be recycled too: the 2019 logo for Finland’s Presidency takes elements from the previous design and adds something new
Central to the visual identity created for Finland’s Presidency is the use of digital solutions and not physical materials. The logo has been created by recycling and revitalising the previous design.