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#Finland – young PM promises stability, and to keep posting on Instagram

#Finland – young PM promises stability, and to keep posting on Instagram

| December 11, 2019

Social Democrat Sanna Marin (pictured) said on Tuesday (10 December) she would restore stability to Finland and keep using social media – but with care – after being sworn in as the world’s youngest prime minister at the helm of a government led by women, writes Anne Kauranen. Social democrats minister Sanna Marin speaks to […]

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#Kövesi – Council confirms Laura Codruţa Kövesi as first European chief prosecutor #EPPO

#Kövesi – Council confirms Laura Codruţa Kövesi as first European chief prosecutor #EPPO

| October 14, 2019

The Council today (14 October) agreed to the appointment of Laura Codruţa Kövesi (pictured) to be the first European chief prosecutor. The appointment must now also be confirmed by the European Parliament, which will be a formality as the European Parliament has already let the Council know that Kövesi is their preferred candidate.  Kövesi, a […]

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#Frontex – European Union signs agreement with Montenegro on border management co-operation

#Frontex – European Union signs agreement with Montenegro on border management co-operation

| October 7, 2019

Today (7 October), the European Union signed an agreement with Montenegro on border management co-operation between Montenegro and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The agreement was signed on behalf of the EU by Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Maria Ohisalo, minister of the interior of Finland and president […]

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EU #5G risk assessment nears completion

EU #5G risk assessment nears completion

| October 4, 2019

Finland president Sauli Niinistö revealed a risk assessment of 5G systems which aims to yield a common security approach for European Union (EU) member states will wrap within two weeks’ time. During a press conference with US President Donald Trump, Niinistö said the assessment will help determine “which kind of tools we need to protect […]

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#FinnishPresidency outlines priorities to European Parliament committees

#FinnishPresidency outlines priorities to European Parliament committees

| September 24, 2019

Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Finland holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2019. The first series of hearings took place in July. A second set of hearings is taking place in September. This […]

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#JunckerPlan supports €190 million in financing for small and medium businesses in #Finland

#JunckerPlan supports €190 million in financing for small and medium businesses in #Finland

| September 4, 2019

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Finland’s state-owned specialised financing company Finnvera have signed a deal this morning which will provide growth-seeking SMEs in Finland with nearly €190 million in fresh financing. The EIF will counter-guarantee Finnvera, which will guarantee lending by local banks, including Aktia Bank Plc, Fennia Mutual Insurance Company, Nordea Bank Abp, […]

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Finnish PM tells Johnson that EU won’t reopen #Brexit deal

Finnish PM tells Johnson that EU won’t reopen #Brexit deal

| August 21, 2019

Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne told his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the European Union would not renegotiate the Brexit deal, a spokesman for Rinne said on Tuesday (20 August), writes Gabriela Baczynska. Finland holds the EU’s rotating presidency and Johnson is making a renewed push to persuade the bloc to revisit the divorce treaty. […]

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