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MFA: Foreign Minister Haavisto presents the priorities of Finland’s Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council in Rovaniemi


Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will present the priorities of Finland’s Chairmanship in connection with the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit conference on 16 November. In Rovaniemi, the Minister will also meet representatives of the Sámi Parliament and speak at the University of Lapland.

The first meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials during Finland’s Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council was held in Rovaniemi on 15 November. During its Chairmanship of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Finland’s objectives include strengthening biodiversity in the Barents region by combating invasive alien species, supporting the electrification of transport, strengthening young people’s opportunities for participation, supporting free movement, and improving transport connections.

The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit 2021 is organised by the City of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Inquiries: Jeri Aalto, Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 50 472 0725 and Ambassador Jari Vilén, tel. +358 50 529 63 21.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.



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