Minister Skinnari to a seminar on Europe and Africa in Brussels

Ministry for Foreign Affairs 8.10.2019 15.15
Press release

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Brussels on 9 October. The Minister will speak at a seminar entitled Europe and Africa: Neighbours with a shared future – Investing in people, which is organised by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The Gates Foundation is a good example of how the playing field in which development cooperation is conducted has changed in the 21st century. Private foundations, such as the Gates Foundation in the health and education sector, are becoming increasingly important.  In my speech, I will emphasise the importance of innovations, and I will also exchange ideas on this bilaterally with Gates,” says Minister Ville Skinnari.

During the visit, Minister Skinnari will also have bilateral discussions with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioners-designate Jutta Urpilainen, Phil Hogan and Janez Lenarčič.

“Jutta Urpilainen, who will be responsible for international partnerships, will be a very important partner throughout our current government term. Finland supports the EU's objective of renewing and diversifying cooperation with the global South. It is great that we are getting a Finnish Commissioner to take responsibility for this work,” says Minister Skinnari.

Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan from Ireland will be responsible for trade, while Commissioner-designate Janez Lenarčič from Slovenia will be responsible for humanitarian aid and European civil protection. 

Inquiries: Tiina Vainio, Special Adviser to Minister Skinnari, tel. +358 50 524 6559, and Katja Ahlfors, Director, Unit for Development Policy, tel. +358 295 350 191.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format [email protected].

Europe and Africa: neighbours with a shared future. Investing in people.