Hungarian right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban visiting Kesäranta in May 2013. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will meet prime ministers of European Union countries and leaders of the EU on November 7-8 to prepare the ground for Finland’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Sipilä will receive a number of guests at the prime minister’s official residence Kesäranta who will arrive in Helsinki to attend a Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) at Messukeskus.

The topics of discussion in Sipilä’s meetings will include Finland’s Presidency and topical EU affairs. Finland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between July 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sipilä will meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, EU’s Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Commissioner Michel Barnier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On Thursday, Sipilä will meet Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.


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