Minister of Defence Niinistö to Brussels
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will attend the defence ministers' meeting at the EU Foreign Affairs Council, followed by a meeting of the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels on 14 May 2019.
Ministers will discuss the EU-NATO cooperation and hybrid threats. Additionally, foreign and defence ministers will have a joint session with the G5 Sahel countries.
In the afternoon, defence ministers will have a discussion on hybrid threats and take stock of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) and projects related to the cooperation.
The EDA Steering Board will meet in the configuration of defence ministers. Ministers are expected to discuss the future challenges of EDA and the agency's role in the development of the EU's defence policy.
While in Brussels, Minister Niinistö will also have a bilateral meeting with French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly.
Inquiries: Tuomas Koskenniemi, Special Adviser (FAC), Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 058, and Sanna Laaksonen, Special Adviser (the Steering Board meeting of EDA), Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 417. Niina Hyrsky, Director of Communications, Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 120.