Prime Minister Petteri Orpo (NCP) is headed to Spain later this week to represent Finland at the European Political Community summit, alongside more than 40 other heads of state and government.
Finland's Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs on Tuesday confirmed the country's positions regarding topics likely to be addressed at the meeting.
Held in the city of Granada, Thursday's summit will also be attended by leaders of EU institutions as well as representatives from 20 other European countries.
The committee said the meeting will be an opportunity for Finland to enhance cooperation among EU member states and a chance to exchange viewpoints, according to a government press release issued on Tuesday.
Ukraine, cooperation and climate
Another aim will be to bolster support for Ukraine as the country combats Russia's invasion.
"An important priority for Finland at the meeting is strengthening Europe-wide support for Ukraine," the release stated.
Topics on the meeting's agenda include the EU’s defence capabilities and increasing Europe's competitiveness.
"As outlined in the government programme, Finland wants to see a globally strong and well-functioning EU that promotes the security, wellbeing and economic interests of its member states and citizens," the release read.
The government said that the EU should work for the safety, well-being and economic interests of its members' citizens.
The committee also discussed Finland's priorities regarding the EU's 2040 climate targets, noting that the EU Commission is expected to issue a statement about the goal at the beginning of next year.
"It is important to influence the Commission’s communication in advance, as it will be used later as a basis for more detailed proposals on the climate target," the government said in the release.