On Friday, Prime Minister Sanna Marin talked with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš about topics related to the European Union and the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) met with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš at the prime minister's official residence, Kesäranta, in Helsinki on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) met with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš at the Finnish prime minister’s official residence, Kesäranta, in Helsinki on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) talked on the phone on Friday with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš about the extraordinary meeting of the European Council (July 17–18), in which the European Union leaders will try to reach an agreement on the union’s next long-term budget for 2021–2027.

Key topics for Finland in the new financial framework are its moderate overall level, funding for rural development (Pillar II) and support for climate action and the conditionality of EU funding, particularly with regard to the rule of law.

The prime ministers also addressed the measures taken to tackle the spreading of the coronavirus in their respective countries. “Latvia and Finland,” according to the government press release, “have taken seriously the task to stop the spreading of the coronavirus and so far the number of infections have remained moderate.”

There are 1,122 confirmed coronavirus infections in Latvia, a country with about 1.9 million people, and the death toll is at 30. In Finland, there are 7,242 confirmed coronavirus infections and the number of reported deaths is 329.

Photograph on the front page: Lauri Heikkinen/The Finnish government