Finland’s challenging Council of Europe Presidency culminated with a successful Committee of Ministers meeting in Helsinki
Finland’s six-month Presidency of the Council of Europe culminated with the Committee of Ministers meeting, held in Helsinki on 16–17 May. This was the largest ministerial meeting ever organised in Helsinki, with all 47 Member States present at the Finlandia Hall and more than 30 of them represented by the Foreign Minister. Besides the Member States, the six Observer States and certain international organisations had been invited.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the World Village Festival – climate change as the main theme
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will participate in the World Village Festival next weekend, on 25–26 May. This year’s festival will take place at Rautatientori Square and Kaisaniemi Park close to the Central Railway Station, with climate change as the main theme.
Students planned the catering for the Arctic Council’s Ministerial Meeting
The 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting was held in Rovaniemi, Finland, on 7 May 2019. The meeting was hosted by Finland and chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The Foreign Ministers of all the Arctic States attended the meeting. The meetings were planned according to the green meetings concept. Catering is an essential part of sustainable meeting arrangements. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs worked in close cooperation with local service providers but and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
Nina Vaskunlahti appointed Under-Secretary of State for external economic relations
At its session on 16 May, the Government decided to appoint a Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Nina Vaskunlahti to serve as Under-Secretary of State for external economic relations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a fixed term from 24 June 2019 to 31 August 2023.