Finland’s new government published the official EU Presidency programme a week before the actual presidency. The priorities for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union are to:

  • Strengthen common values and the rule of law
  • Make the EU more competitive and socially inclusive
  • Strengthen the EU’s position as a leader in climate action
  • Protect the security of citizens

“The future of the EU should be socially, economically and ecologically sustainable”, said Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

Fingo warmly welcomes more sustainable EU Presidency Programme and agrees that the cornerstones of European integration need to be protected.

Romanian platform organization FOND passed the baton of EU Presidency to Finnish Development NGOs Fingo at Romanian Development Camp in Bucharest.

“Agenda2030, civil society and fight against climate change are key topics during Finland’s EU Presidency. We are also happy that the language used in the programme about democracy and rule of law is very strong”, Fingo’s Advocacy Director Rilli Lappalainen said.

Also FOND and CROSOL were positively surprised about Finland’s EU Presidency Programme.

“I have to say, that almost 75 percent of the Finland’s official priorities are the same what we have in CROSOL! We were especially happy that the priorities include strengthening common values and the rule of law”, CROSOL’s Communication Coordinator and Advocacy Advisor Gordan Bosanac said.