Finland as a host
The main events during Finland's Presidency will include the informal meeting of Heads of State or Government in October in Lahti; the European Council meeting in Brussels in December; the ASEM 6 Summit in Helsinki in September; and the Foreign Ministers’ follow-up meeting of the Barcelona Process (EUROMED) in Tampere in November. In addition, there will be ten informal ministerial meetings.
Finland’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union begun on 1 July 2006. The EU Council’s three-year strategic programme and the operational programme of the Council for 2006, submitted together with Austria, will provide guidelines for the work during Finland’s Presidency. During its Presidency, Finland will prepare and direct the work of the EU’s main decision-making body, the Council of the European Union. In its day-to-day business, the Presidency will be assisted by the Council Secretariat.
Environmental issues and local food are key elements in meetings arrangements
Finland will host a total of 130 meetings during its EU Presidency this year and particular attention will be given to environmental issues. Meeting organisers have been provided with a list of ecological and social factors that must be considered when meetings are being prepared.
Finnish cuisine will play a key role in catering arrangements. The menus are to reflect Finnish nature and its abundant resources. Meeting guests will be served meals prepared from local ingredients, in accordance with the seasons. Table settings will be simple yet functional and stylish.
Meeting with responsibility - A tool for the organising of events for Finland's EU Presidency
FACTS on environmental issues related to Finland's EU Presidency
Putting Finnish Cuisine on the Map - Ideas for meeting organisers and caterers during Finland's EU presidency
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