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Minister Tuppurainen and Swedish Minister for EU Affairs Dahlgren: A well-functioning single market is at the heart of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Government Communications Department 5.6.2020 15.48
Press release

On Friday, Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen participated in a series of discussions organised by the Hanaholmen Cultural Centre on the management of the COVID-19 crisis in Finland and Sweden. Minister Tuppurainen and Swedish Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren discussed the role the European Union will play in reconstruction after the crisis in a video seminar under the heading Can the EU emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis?

In connection with the event, the ministers published a joint statement on the role of the single market in building the common wellbeing of the EU.

“A well-functioning single market is a guarantee of the EU’s prosperity, and its value for citizens and businesses has been proven during the recent crisis months. Securing and strengthening the single market should be at the heart of the EU’s recovery and long-term growth,” say the ministers in their statement.

The ministers also emphasise the importance of EU trade policy in recovering from the COVID-19 crisis and warn against protectionism.

“A need to evaluate the EU’s trade policy after COVID-19 is something that should be looked at with patience and care, without jumping to conclusions. We must be pragmatic and not forget the vast benefits that have been brought by decades of free trade. The EU should always be a champion of free trade, not an instigator of trade wars,” the ministers conclude.

Inquiries: Pilvi-Elina Kupias, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 160 995, Prime Minister’s Office

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