Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau will be in Helsinki today and tomorrow. She will meet with her counterpart, Sampo Terho, with Foreign Minister Timo Soini, and with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Petteri Orpo. The minister will give a lecture at the Finnish Parliament co-hosted by the Finnish Institute for International Relations on the future of Europe and France’s vision. Ms. Loiseau will also take part in a citizen consultation with the French community in Finland.
During her visit, the minister will visit the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) whose headquarters are in Helsinki. This agency implements the REACH regulation, the pillar of EU environmental law, which aims to better assess risks and to progressively eliminate the chemicals that are the most dangerous to human health.
The minister will discuss the most important current European issues with her interlocutors. We are especially close to Finland with regard to the common security and defense policy. Preparations for the Finnish presidency of the EU Council, in the second half of 2019, will also be discussed.
Bilateral relations between France and Finland are excellent. They are characterized by ambitious commercial and industrial projects, such as the construction of the Olkiluoto EPR power plant. France was one of the very first countries to recognize Finland’s independence, 100 years ago this year.