With Finland taking on the presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July, important EU Council preparatory meetings will be held in the eastern city of Lappeenranta in mid-July. Close to 100 guests and officials will arrive on the shores of Lake Saimaa, where Lappeenranta is located and also travel to nearby Savonlinna, which is known for its annual opera festival held in a medieval castle.
Finland will be represented by Marja Rislakki, Permanent Representative of the EU for Finland. Counselor Reetta Härönoja says the agenda for the preparatory meetings includes issues such as justice, economic and financial affairs, and migration.
Visits in Lappeenranta and Savonlinna
According to Härönoja, the committee has a tradition of starting a new EU Council presidency with an unofficial meeting, which is what will take place in Lappeenranta.
Lappeenranta Mayor Kimmo Jarva will take a break from his summer vacation to attend the meeting.
The EU guests will arrive from Brussels in Finland on Friday 12 July and return to Brussels on the following Sunday.