Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Minister Ville Skinnari to Brussels to discuss the EU's new Africa Strategy

Finland considers that the EU must be a strong geopolitical player in Africa and should not abandon its role as Africa's most important partner

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles and EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen have invited EU development ministers to discuss the new EU Strategy for Africa at an informal lunch in Brussels on 13 February. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville…

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Personal Envoy of UN Secretary-General to visit Finland to report on Mozambican peace process

The Mozambican peace process is in a critical phase as the opposition troops are being demobilised

Mirko Manzoni, Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Mozambique and Neha Sanghrajka, Senior Mediation Advisor, will visit Finland on 3–4 February. The Mozambican peace process is in a critical phase as the opposition troops are being demobilised. The aim is to return them to their communities and reintegrate them…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Finland increases its support for the African Development Fund

Finland's pledge consists of a grant element and a concessional loan to be presented next year

Finland will contribute EUR 68.4 million to the replenishment of the African Development Fund (AfDF), which is the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group. Finland is also preparing a loan of EUR 80 million for the AfDF. The AfDF supports the continent's poorest countries. More than 30 donor…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

EU development ministers discuss reform of development funding

At Finland’s initiative, development ministers will hold a lunch meeting to discuss education in Africa from the viewpoint of gender equality

The EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development) will meet in Brussels on 25 November. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will represent Finland at the meeting. The Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the reform of the EU’s financial architecture for development. Growing financing needs in Africa, population growth,…

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to visit Rwanda

Minister Haavisto will also visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to commemorate the more than one million Rwandans who died in 1994

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will visit Rwanda on 21–22 November. He will give a statement and answer questions on behalf of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 November. Minister Haavisto will also have bilateral meetings during the…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Minister Skinnari to a seminar on Europe and Africa in Brussels

During the visit, Minister Skinnari will also have bilateral discussions with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Brussels on 9 October. The Minister will speak at a seminar entitled Europe and Africa: Neighbours with a shared future – Investing in people, which is organised by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with…

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Europe Information at Europe Forum Turku – Africa rises – How does the EU react?

The media reports only bad news about Africa even though they represent only a small fraction of the whole picture – the continent is full of opportunities

On 29–31 August 2019, Europe Forum Turku will gather Finnish opinion-makers and citizens to discuss Finland's role in Europe and in the European Union. The Foreign Ministry’s Europe Information will organise a discussion event in Turku on Thursday 29 August. All too often, the media reports only bad news about…

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EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa to visit Finland

EU Special Representative (EUSR) to the Horn of Africa Alexander Rondos will visit Finland on 28–29 August

The mandate of the EUSR for the Horn of Africa comprises the following African countries: the Republic of Djibouti, the State of Eritrea, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of the Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan and the…

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Finnish Foreign Minister Haavisto to travel to Sudan and the region on behalf of the EU

During his visits, Minister Haavisto will convey the European Union’s position on Sudan as agreed by the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 June to the different authorities and stakeholders

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto will visit Sudan and several countries of the Red Sea and broader region over the course of the next weeks to discuss the situation in Sudan. He has received a mandate from High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to reach out, on behalf of…

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Finland supports cyclone victims in Mozambique

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted EUR 200,000 to the emergency field hospital, which is currently being set up in Mozambique by the Finnish Red Cross

Finland will support Mozambique’s recovery from the cyclone that hit the country in mid-March through the Finnish Red Cross and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and by providing technical assistance. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted EUR 200,000 to the emergency field hospital, which is currently…