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Finnish, Latvian PMs discuss cooperation

Published : 12 Feb 2020, 22:12

Updated : 12 Feb 2020, 22:58

  DF Report

Government of Finland photo by Aapo Riihimäki.

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, according to a government press release.

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 said.

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 said.

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