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Prime Minister Sipilä attends Baltic Sea Region Forum in Stockholm

Government Communications Department
Publication date 8.11.2016 16.38 | Published in English on 8.11.2016 at 16.49
Press release 482/2016

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä took part in the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, held in Stockholm on 8 November. In conjunction with the Forum, Sipilä held bilateral discussions with the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Sipilä and Löfven discussed Finland’s and Sweden’s foreign and security policy cooperation, topical EU affairs and the bioeconomy.

‘Finland and Sweden have a common resolve to deepen foreign and security policy cooperation. Collaboration between our two countries increases security and stability in the Baltic Sea region,’ noted Prime Minister Sipilä. 

The Annual Forum discussed the desired vision for the Baltic Sea Region in 2030. In his speech, Sipilä drew attention to the potential offered by digitalisation, the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy in creating new jobs.

‘In our vision, the Baltic Sea Region in 2030 is the world leader in the circular economy and the bioeconomy. The Baltic Sea is much cleaner and we have taken actions that have helped to reduce the effects of climate change. The region is also in a leading position in the use of digital services, big data and the Internet of Things,’ Sipilä said.

Prime Minister Sipilä’s full speech (in English)

Inquiries: Jari Haapiainen, Special Adviser (EU-affairs), tel. +358 295 160 406 and Anne Sjöholm, Head of Communications for EU Affairs, tel. +358 40 537 0733, Prime Minister’s Office