The elections to the European Parliament are approaching. These elections in May 2019 and the Finnish presidency as of July 2019 actualize the debate in Sweden and Finland on our countries’ respective roles in an EU which is shaken by divisions but where new forms of cooperation also develop. Will the political and economic evolution of the EU countries lead them to different directions? The European cohesion will face new challenges after Brexit. Will it risk collapsing due to lack of harmony in questions about values such as the development of the rule of law, migration and human rights?
The actions of the USA have both political and especially economic consequences for Europe. Is the predominance of the transatlantic axis since the world wars getting weaker and will it be replaced with something else? Will Europe be able to lead the evolution? Should Europe foster new partnerships? What responsibility should Finland and Sweden take for the development of the EU?
Moderator: Mr Peter Nyman
9.00 Opening remarks: Ms Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Hanaholmen
9.15 Finland and Europe
Mr Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Sweden and Europe
Ms Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Keynote speech: The Future of Europe
Mr Ryan Heath, political editor, POLITICO Europe
The Nordic Countries and Europe in a global world
Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden and former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland
11.00 Why is Europe important for the Nordic Countries?
Contributions from Finnish and Swedish parliamentarians
Mr Lars Adaktusson, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, former member of the European Parliament, Sweden
Ms Karin Enström, member of the Committee on European Union Affairs, former Minister of Defence, Sweden
Ms Katri Kulmuni, member of the Grand Committee, Finland
Mr Pyry Niemi, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Mr Ville Niinistö, member of the Grand Committee, former minister of the Environment, former chairperson of the Green League, Finland
Mr Nils Torvalds, member of the European Parliament, vice president Group ALDE
Mr Erkki Tuomioja, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland
12.30 Closure of Hanalys 2019 by Ministers for Foreign Affairs
12.45 End of seminar
Language: English, Swedish and Finnish with simultaneous interpretation.
Contact: Project Manager Tina Räihä, tina.raiha(at)hanaholmen.fi