The 16th ministerial meeting of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) will be organised in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on 18–19 October. Finland's delegation to the meeting will be led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The county of Kainuu, which is chairing the Barents Regional Council from 2015 until the end of 2017, and the counties of Lapland, North Ostrobothnia and North Karelia will also be represented at the meeting.
Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner will visit Moscow on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. She will meet Russia's Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov and Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov. Minister Berner will also take part in Open Innovations forum, which this year focuses on digitalisation.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Katariina Räikkönen urge the European Union to strengthen its role in mitigating climate change. Räikkönen was adviser to the Prime Minister for one day on the Day of the Girl. Sipilä underlined the relevance of the position of girls in centennial Finland.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s speech on International Day of the Girl
Video: Katariina Räikkönen as adviser for PM Sipilä on the Day of the Girl
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In 2017, Finland will have been an independent state for a hundred years. The main theme of the centenary celebrations is Together.
With its five strategic priorities in the Government Programme, Sipilä’s Government is taking steps to follow through with essential reforms. The strategic objectives are materialised in the form of 26 key projects.
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