2019 FMA Visit to Finland

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2019 FMA Visit to Finland

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The FMA Study Visit to Finland took place from 3 to 5 November 2019. A delegation of 23 former MEPs from eight EU countries and different European political families headed to Helsinki. The FMA Board Member, Lord Richard Balfe, was the leader of the Delegation. The FMA in co-operation with the Finish Parliament and the European Parliament Liaison Office set up a very stimulating programme. Former MEPs were able to participate in high-level informative meetings with experts, parliament’s representatives and with the Minister of European Affairs as well as to visit the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.
The whole FMA delegation had a vibrant discussion about the Future of Europe with university students. Finnish newspapers gave great visibility to the FMA Visit.

FMA Delegation with Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister of European Affairs
FMA Delegation with Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister of European Affairs

“It was the first time I participated in the activities of our Association. The dynamism of the leader of the Delegation, the friendship of the members associated with Elisabetta’s talent made this trip a beautiful memory!
The visit to the centre about hybrid threats, to which I added the visit of the beautiful and new multimedia library of the capital, brought a real added value to our trip as well as the visit of the Museum Amos Rex with its original content and interior architecture!
It is through the links between people that Europe will consolidate its fundamentals and in these times of doubt and scepticism our journey will undoubtedly have in its own way contributed to cementing these relations”.

Nathalie Griesbeck – FMA Member

Members of the FMA Delegation with Mr Matti Anttonen, Permanent State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Members of the FMA Delegation with Mr Matti Anttonen, Permanent State Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

“I took part in the FMA visit for the first time. I just retired from the EP.
It was nice to meet former colleagues, to discuss EU issues and get up-to-date information.
Everything was well organised. I am sure I will be an active member of the FMA.”

Anneli Jäätteenmäki – FMA member

Lord Richard Balfe, leader of the FMA Delegation with Speaker Jaakko Iloniemi, Former Ambassador to the United States, Former Ambassador to the CSCE and Former Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations
Lord Richard Balfe, leader of the FMA Delegation with Speaker Jaakko Iloniemi, Former Ambassador to the United States, Former Ambassador to the CSCE and Former Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations

” Among the really important medium term or long term issues, that are not only domestics, are issues such as climate change, immigration, European Defence and the deteriorating European Economic outlook.” 

Jaakko Iloniemi – Former Finish Ambassador

Debate with students entitled “Future of Europe: next steps?” at the EP Liaison Office in Helsinki
Debate with students entitled “Future of Europe: next steps?” at the EP Liaison Office in Helsinki

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Start:
November 3, 2019
End:
November 5, 2019
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