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06/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/24/2019 04:47

Attention media representatives: accreditation for events during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU is open!

20 days until Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union - Accreditation possible now

Accreditation for events in Helsinki is open!

Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be organising six informal meetings of ministers in Helsinki between July and September 2019. The European Commission will meet the Finnish Government in early July and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament will meet the Finnish Government in September.

Media representatives covering the informal meetings of ministers held in Helsinki must complete their accreditation via the online accreditation system at the latest two weeks before the meeting starts. A single accreditation is sufficient to gain access to one or more informal meetings of ministers held in Finland and to the visits of the European Commission and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in Helsinki. Separate accreditation may be needed to other events during Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The cross-cutting theme in all meeting arrangements during Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union is sustainability. This acknowledges wider concerns about climate change in particular. Our aim is to keep the number of meetings held in Finland during the Presidency at a reasonable level and to promote the use of video conferencing. To minimise travel, the meetings being held in Finland will be organised in a single location in Helsinki and the Presidency venue, Finlandia Hall, is very easy to reach by public transport. Finland will use the money earmarked for presidency gifts to offset carbon dioxide emissions caused by air travel during the Presidency - this also includes our visiting journalists.

Finland is currently preparing its programme for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Presidency Programme will be published on the presidency website as soon as the new government has finalised it.

Please find a list of relevant contacts on the presidency website. Follow us on twitter @EU2019FI. We are happy to provide you any additional information regarding the Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union and look forward to seeing you in Helsinki. ​​​​​​​