Cyprus Mail

Anastasiades to receive Finnish PM

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila

President Nicos Anastasiades will on Sunday receive Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in the run-up to the Finnish Presidency of the European Council during the second half of 2019.

Anastasiades will have a working lunch at 1pm at the Presidential Palace with the Finnish premier after a meeting between the two.

According to Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou the main subject of the meeting will be the Finnish Presidency’s programme and priorities and, in this context, the assisting role that Cyprus is willing to play.

“The two leaders will also discuss bilateral relations between Cyprus and Finland, the Cyprus issue and EU-Turkey relations, as well as regional developments, with emphasis on the tripartite partnerships and energy plans of our country,” Prodromou said.

As regards the European agenda and the Finnish Presidency, they will cover issues such as the multiannual financial framework and the priorities for the period 2021-2027, migration, internal market, Brexit, the course of the Monetary Union and others.

Anastasiades, according to Prodromou, “will also highlight the sensitivities of our country regarding talks on a future EU-Turkey relationship” and the obligations of Turkey concerning Cyprus.

The two leaders will also discuss ways of expanding and strengthening bilateral cooperation, with particular reference to initiatives already under way on start-up entrepreneurship.

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