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Prime Minister Orpo to meet with Ursula von der Leyen in Stockholm

Government Communications Department
Publication date 15.1.2024 13.07
Press release
Prime Minister Kristersson, Prime Minister Orpo and Commission President von der Leyen side by side

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will meet in Stockholm on Friday 19 January. In the discussions, Prime Minister Orpo will highlight issues of national importance that Finland wants to see promoted in the EU. Finland and Sweden will also deliver their joint messages to the President of the Commission.

The discussion is timely because the European Commission is currently drawing up the EU’s strategic agenda for 2024–2029.  
“In Finland’s view, we in the EU should focus especially on economic competitiveness and European security over the next five-year period. Together with the Swedish Prime Minister, we will emphasise the importance of developing the single market, promoting expertise and research, harnessing the opportunities offered by the bioeconomy and ensuring that regulation better takes into account the conditions in the Member States,” says Prime Minister Petteri Orpo.
The meeting will also focus on forest policy, as Prime Ministers Orpo and Kristersson and Commission President von der Leyen will visit the Stora Enso Innovation Centre together with representatives from the Swedish and Finnish forest industry. 
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 07 33, Prime Minister’s Office