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European Commission President to visit Finland’s eastern border

Prime Minister's Office
Publication date 15.4.2024 17.45
Press release

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Petteri Orpo will meet in Lappeenranta, Finland on Friday 19 April. They will also visit Finland’s eastern border.

The main purpose of the visit is for the President of the European Commission to learn more about instrumentalised migration to Finland. President von der Leyen and Prime Minister Orpo will discuss what Finland and the EU can do to prevent instrumentalised migration to Finland’s eastern border.

Their discussions will focus on the growing challenges Russia’s war of aggression poses for the vitality of Eastern Finland and on a variety of key EU issues, such as the Strategic Agenda for the next European Commission and the security situation in Europe.

Prime Minister Orpo and President von der Leyen will travel to Lappeenranta together from the extraordinary European Summit in Brussels. During the trip, they will discuss the programme and structure of the next Commission and ways to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness.

Inquiries: Tuomas Tikkanen, Special Adviser (EU Affairs), tel. +358 40 523 5768 and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office