Prime Minister Marin to attend special meeting of European Council

Government Communications Department 14.2.2020 11.19 | Published in English on 14.2.2020 at 14.11
Press release 074/2020
Prime Minister Sanna Marin

Prime Minister Sanna Marin will attend a special meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 20 February. EU Heads of State or Government will seek to reach an agreement on the next multiannual financial framework, i.e. the EU’s long-term budget for 2021–2027.

During its Presidency of the Council of the EU, Finland prepared a proposal for the next financial framework that takes into account the views of all Member States. Finland still considers this proposal a good basis for further negotiations, although the framework set out is a little too high from Finland’s point of view. Important issues for Finland in the further negotiations include the level of funding for rural development, supporting research and innovation and linking EU funds to compliance with the rule of law. Positions on individual funding programmes can be further adjusted as the negotiations proceed.

President of the European Council Charles Michel, who leads the negotiations, has had individual talks with the leaders of the EU Member States based on the proposal prepared by the Finnish Presidency. He will present a proposal on the overall size of the long-term budget ahead of the special European Council.

Inquiries: Jari Luoto, State Under-Secretary for European Affairs, tel. +358 50 468 5949, Matti Niemi, Special Adviser (EU Affairs), tel. +358 45 679 1717, Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office