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Kultaranta talks

President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö will host a debate on foreign and security policy at Kultaranta on 19–20 June 2016.

 

Kultaranta talks close: “There are differences between Finland and Sweden, but those differences are hard to define”

President Niinistö concluded the Kultaranta talks of 2016. Photo: Matti Porre/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö closed the Kultaranta talks by commenting on the main topics of the day: cooperation between Finland and Sweden, and the future of the EU. “It seems that there are differences between Finland and Sweden, but it is very hard to pinpoint what those differences are,” the President summarised. “The views expressed both in Finland and Sweden take situational factors into account, while providing enough room for future solutions.”

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Kultaranta talks ask 'Where is the EU headed?'

Kultaranta talks ask where is the EU headed

The future and credibility of the European Union was the subject of the morning's second panel discussion. Elina Ravantti, moderator of the discussion and Head of World News and Current Affairs at the Finnish state broadcaster YLE, asked the panelists to assess how the current EU will be remembered in 2036, twenty years from now. 

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Security in the Baltic Sea region on the agenda in Kultaranta

Säkerheten i Östersjöområdet diskuterades på Gullranda

The second day of the Kultaranta talks opened with a panel discussion moderated by Car Haglund, Member of Parliament, on security in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.Swedish Ambassador Mats Bergquist began the discussion by pointing out that the superpowers are showing growing interest in the Nordic countries. The contrast between small countries and the Russian superpower creates an asymmetry in the Baltic Sea region.

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Kultaranta talks: Closer defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden responds to the challenges of our time

Photo: Juhani Kandell/Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

The Kultaranta talks, hosted by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, opened in the spirit of Finnish-Swedish cooperation. The main guest at the talks is Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. In their opening remarks, both national leaders stressed the importance of closer defence cooperation between the two countries. "Finland and Sweden have a history of responding to the challenges of the time. One approach to this involves engaging in closer cooperation," said President Niinistö

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Kultaranta teemasivukuva

Program 2016

Sunday 19 June 2016

at 8.30 p.m.
Opening address of the President of the Republic

(Yle Areena)

  • Opening address of the President of the Republic
  • Keynote Speech by Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven

Monday 20 June 2016

9.30-11.00 a.m.
SESSION I: Discussion on Baltic and Northern-European security

(Yle Areena )

  • Moderator: Carl Haglund, Member of Parliament

Inledarna:

  • René Nyberg, Ambassador, Finland
  • Erkki Tuomioja, Member of Parliament, Finland
  • Allan Widman, Member of Parliament, Sverige
  • Mats Bergquist, Ambassador, Sweden

11.30–1.00 p.m.
SESSION II: Quo vadis, EU?

(Yle Areena )

  • Moderator: Elina Ravantti, Head of World News and Current Affairs, Yle

Inledarna:

  • Markku Jokisipilä, Director of the Centre for Parliamentary Studies
  • Kai Mykkänen, Member of Parliament
  • Paavo Väyrynen, Member of European Parliament
  • Teija Tiilikainen, direktör, Director the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

4.30–6.30 p.m.
SESSION IV: Conclusion

(Yle Areena)

  • Moderator: Katri Makkonen, Director of Communications, Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

Conclusions of the Working Groups

Discussion

Concluding remarks by the President of the Republic

Kultaranta talks

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