By invitation only.
Finland, Sweden, and Ukraine in an Expanded EU
Tuesday March 26 2024 9:00-14:00 EET
Hosts: Ministers for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen and Tobias Billström
Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has had significant consequences for the Nordic countries, including Finland and Sweden, resulting in a security policy paradigm shift. Ukraine’s ability to defend its independence and territorial integrity against the full-scale Russian invasion has a direct impact on the security of Finland, Sweden, the Nordic countries, and the rest of Europe. Like other Western countries, our countries have mobilized extensive military and civilian support for Ukraine, but the needs for continued and long-term support are substantial.
The rapidly increasing geopolitical tensions have made the expansion of the EU to nearby countries even more urgent. In December 2023, the European Council decided that the EU should initiate membership negotiations with Ukraine.
What can Finland and Sweden do together to support Ukraine on its path to EU membership? How will Ukraine’s future EU membership contribute to the cohesion and security of the EU? What does the long-term foreign and security policy development within the EU and in our vicinity look like?
8:30 Coffee and registration
9:00 The moderator opens Hanalys
Erja Yläjärvi, editor-in-chief, Helsingin Sanomat
Gunvor Kronman, Chief Executive Officer, Hanaholmen
Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
Elina Valtonen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sverige
9:45-11:00 Part 1: Ukraine’s path to EU
Matti Maasikas, Special Advisor, European External Action Service EEAS, former Head of the EU Delegation to Ukarine, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Olga Dibrova¸ Ambassador of Ukraine to Finland
Andrij Plachotnjuk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Sweden TBC
Kimmo Kiljunen, chairperson, Finnish Foreign Affairs Committee
Emil Aronsson, chairperson, Swedish Foreign Affairs Committee
11:25-12:40 Part 2: Sweden and Finland and the development of the EU’s security policy position
Heather A. Conley, President, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington
Hanna Smith, Senior strategic adviser to the Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Veronica Anghel; professor, Johns Hopkins University
Martin Kragh, Deputy Centre Director (SCEEUS), Senior Research Fellow, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Niklas Helwig, leading researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs FIIA
Sinikukka Saari, researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs FIIA
12:40-13:00 Concluding Dialogue
Ministers for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen and Tobias Billström
Languages: Swedish, Finnish, and English with simultaneous interpretation.
Participation is by invitation only. Do you find the programme relevant from the point of view of your profession? To find out more about participation, please contact tina.raiha(at)hanaholmen.fi.