Prime Ministers of Finland and Latvia discuss cooperation between the countries

Press release from the Office of the Prime Minister of Finland

Closer cooperation between Finland and the Baltic countries was the main topic for the visit of the Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Karinš at the official residence of Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Helsinki on Wednesday 12 February.

Finland and Latvia already have close cooperation in questions relating to the economy, stability and security of the Baltic Sea region. This includes the common gas market area of Finland, Latvia and Estonia FinEstLat launched in the beginning of this year.

“The Baltic Sea region is highly important for Finland, both for our foreign and security policy and in terms of trade and commerce, growth and environmental protection. The Nordic and Baltic countries are our closest neighbours and key partners for us. Our cooperation is most valuable,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin says.

The Prime Ministers also discussed other current EU affairs, including the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework, Brexit, European Green Deal and climate policy.

“Climate is one of the top priorities in our Government Programme. I also expect a lot from the cooperation within the EU. The European Green Deal is very important to ensure a fair and just transition towards a carbon neutral society. The objective of becoming the first carbon neutral continent in the world is both a challenge and an opportunity for the EU,” Prime Minister Marin says.

During his visit, Prime Minister Karinš also had a meeting with President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö.

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

Date of publication: 12 Feb 2020

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