News and press releases
The European Council discussed the follow-up to the Strategic Agenda for 2019–2024 in Brussels on 18 October 2019. Finland is now the first presidency to integrate the priorities of the Agenda, adopted in June, into the Council’s practical work. Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne informed the EU leaders of the progress made in the implementation.
If investors were able to compare the sustainability of different investments, they could contribute to mitigating climate change through the investment decisions they make. To facilitate such comparisons, the EU has devised a classification system for sustainable investments. During its Presidency of the Council of the EU, Finland has advanced the creation of the system.
The European Council will meet on 17–18 October to discuss the EU’s multiannual financial framework, the priorities for the EU for 2019–2024 and the state of play on Brexit. Finland will present the progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Agenda during its Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The General Affairs Council met in Luxembourg on 15 October. The meeting was chaired by Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen. Ministers discussed the conditions for EU convergence in Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.
The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council convened in Luxembourg on 14 and 15 October. The ministers discussed catch limits and fishing quotas, with particular focus on the Baltic Sea, as well as forest issues.
The main event of the European Vocational Skills Week 2019 will be held in Finland, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event week provides a splendid opportunity to bring positive visibility for vocational education and training and to have discussions between experts on further development in the field.
The EU economic and financial affairs ministers met in Luxembourg on 10 October. One of the main items on the agenda was establishment of a European bank for climate and development. The meeting was chaired by Finland’s Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä.
EU member states, with the support of the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity published a report on the EU-coordinated risk assessment on cybersecurity in fifth-generation (5G) networks on 9 October. This major step is part of the implementation of the European Commission Recommendation adopted in March 2019 to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU.
Kimmo Kohvakka: Finnish concept of comprehensive security – a source of ideas for rescue services cooperation in Europe
European cooperation in the field of rescue services and civil emergency preparedness is becoming more crucial in the changing operating environment in Europe. The consequences of climate change, for example, are concretely visible in the practical work of the European authorities responsible for rescue and preparedness. Extreme weather phenomena, such as floods, storms and drought, are on the increase, putting the crisis resilience of societies to the test.
The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) met in Luxembourg on 7–8 October. The Council was chaired by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo.
On Monday 7 October, Prime Minister Antti Rinne talked on the phone with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier about the UK’s situation.
The Council reaffirmed its commitment to EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights by adopting, on October 7, supplementary negotiating directives aiming at the swift resumption of negotiations with the Council of Europe.
The connection between transport and communications has made transport digital. Large amounts of data are already needed, for example, for navigation, ticket and payment transactions and for enabling automation. The utilisation of information is not an end in itself, but rather what is achieved with it. Does the combination of data and transport produce more sustainable services that meet the needs of consumers?
Environment ministers defined EU negotiating positions ahead of UN Climate Change Conference and agreed on promoting circular economy
The Environment Council of the EU adopted negotiating directives for the COP25 Climate Change Conference, to take place in Santiago de Chile. The ministers also determined a policy on how the circular economy could be promoted more vigorously within the EU. The Council meeting was held in Luxembourg on Friday 4 October 2019.
The conference European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy took place between 30 September and 1 October 2019 in Helsinki. The aim of the conference was to present the state of the circular economy and make recommendations for promoting a sustainable circular economy based on the latest research.