Friday 31 Aug 2018

Programme is in Finnish unless mentioned otherwise*.

Turku Europe Forum


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You will find links to the Europe Forum Turku live streams on the day-specific programmes, under each discussion that will be streamed.

You may also participate in the discussions on social media or by downloading the Europe Forum Turku mobile application (application is in Finnish).

The event is free and open for everyone. Register and join us:

Locales on Friday

Åbo Svenska Teater, Stora scenen
(Address: Aurakatu 10)


9.30–11.30 am, Civil Dialogue – The EU Super Year 2019 in Finland
Live stream

Organisers: Representation of Finland to the European Commission & European Parliament Information Office Finland

The year 2019 is going to be a true EU Super Year for Finland. After the parliamentary election in the spring, the EU ballot boxes await the voters. The new European Parliament will elect a new President of the European Comission in July. During the same month, Finland will take the lead within the union with its third Presidency of the Council of the European Union, led by its new elected government. The union of 27 member states, after the UK’s withdrawal, will take a new direction. The future of the EU, long-term objectives, and financial requirements will be discussed. Europe’s international operational environment is in transformation regarding both security policy and commercial policy. Digitalisation, energy policy, and the prevention of climate change require decisions on a European scale.

  • Panel 1: The EU’s Future Direction
    Timo Pesonen, Director-General for Communication in the European Commission
    MEPs: Sirpa Pietikäinen (National Coalition Party/EPP), Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (Social Democratic Party of Finland, S&D), Nils Torvalds (Swedish People's Party of Finland, ALDE), Elsi Katainen (Centre Party, ALDE) and Merja Kyllönen (Left Alliance, GUE/NGL)
    Introduction: Director-General for Communication in the European Commission Timo Pesonen.
    Facilitator: Nicklas Wancke
  • Panel 2: The Funding of the EU’s Future
    MEPs: Petri Sarvamaa (National Coalition Party, EPP), Henna Virkkunen (National Coalition Party, EPP), Jussi Halla-aho (Finns Party, ECR), Heidi Hautala (Greens in Finland, Greens/EFA) ja Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Centre Party, ALDE).
    Introduction: Risto Artjoki, Head of Cabinet for Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen
    Facilitator: Nicklas Wancke

12.30–2.30 pm, Public discussion in Europe Forum Turku
The event is full for now, but you may enquire about possible free places at the venue or follow the live stream online:
Live stream on Yle Areena

  • 12.30 pm, Prime Minister’s speech: The Future of the EU – Towards Finland’s EU Presidency
    Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
    Host: Kirsi Heikel, the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • 1.15 pm, Public Consultation of the Grand Committee of the Parliament
    Arto Satonen, Tytti Tuppurainen, Olavi Ala-Nissilä, Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Simon Elo, Sari Essayah ja Pekka Haavisto.
    • Opening
      Chair of the Grand Committee Arto Satonen
    • Global Challenges in Trade Policy
      Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen
    • Africa and the EU – Future Partnership
      President of the European Institute of Peace, MP Pekka Haavisto
    • Jobs and Hope to the Youth of Africa! Now!
      CEO of Finnfund Jaakko Kangasniemi
    • Questions and discussion from the audience
      Minister Virolainen, MP Haavisto, and CEO Kangasniemi
    • Closing words
      Chair Arto Satonen

3.00–4.30 pm, Europe Awaits Reforms – What is Finland Prepared for?
Live stream

Organisers: Labour Market Organisations (SAK, AKAVA, STTK, EK)

Panel Discussion
Antti Palola, Chair (STTK); Sture Fjäder, Chair (Akava); Taina Susiluoto, Chair (EK); Jarkko Eloranta, Chair (SAK); Sampo Terho, Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport (Blue Reform); Aura Salla, Board Member (European Movement International)
Introducer: Outi 
Slotboom, Head of Unit (ECFIN, Economic and Financial Affairs)
Facilitator: Kirsi Heikel, Journalist (YLE)

On 23 May 2018, within the European Semester of economic policy, the European Commission published its proposal for country-specific recommendations relative to Finland for the upcoming year. With them, the Commission and the Council that will accept the recommendations in July are going to evaluate the member states’ financial, macroeconomic, and structural policies, give new recommendations, and monitor the implementations of old recommendations. According to the labour market organisations, it is important to deeply and publically discuss the country-specific recommendations i.e. the measures the EU on one hand recommends, but on the other hand requires from Finland. The national Europe Forum Turku is provides an excellent space for this discussion. What is Finland prepared for when Europe awaits reforms?

5.00–6.30 pm, The Role of the European Union in the World. Deals or Rule-Based Action on the Field of Security Policy?
Live stream

Organisers: Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland​ and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

In this discussion, we are going to reflect the role of the EU as a global actor of security policy. What is the significance of a global rule-based system in the current “world of deals”? What is the EU’s role, and what should it be like, in the international field and in finding solutions to current global issues (regarding e.g. Iran, Syria, North Korea).

  • Opening of the Event
    Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Matti Anttonen
  • Keynote Introduction
    Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Alexander Stubb
  • Panel Discussion
    Panelists: Finland’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Marja Rislakki and Programme Director in the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) Juha Jokela
    Faciliator: Kirsi Heikel, Journalist (YLE)

Thalia Market
(Address: Aurakatu 10)

09.30–11.30 am, Civil Dialogue – The EU Super Year 2019 in Finland
Live stream

11.30 am–12.00 pm #EUandME short film: The loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

12.00–12.30 pm, Centrum Balticum
MEPs: Heidi Hautala, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Merja Kyllönen and Sirpa Pietikäinen
Faciliator: Tove Holm, executive manager of Protection Fund For The Archipelago Sea 

The conservation of the Archipelago Sea and Baltic Sea as part of successful and sustainable business. MEPs discuss the topic.

12.30-1.30 pm #EUandME short film Party animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

1.00–1.30 pm, European employment service for your help
Organiser: TE Office of Southwest Finland – EURES
Tomi Puranen, EURES-expert

1.30-2.00pm #EUandME short film: The living hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

2.00–3.00 pm, Question Time of the Minister for European Affairs Sampo Terho
Join the discussion and hear reflections on how Brexit has affected the EU, and on reforming the union and strengthening the role of the citizens in EU decision-making. You can send questions to the Minister in advance via email,, with the title "Question for Minister for European Affairs", or via the Europe Forum application. Before the event, you may leave your question at the stand of the Blue Reform in the Thalia Market. The discussion is moderated by Senior Researcher Jenni Karimäki from the University of Turku.

3.00–4.30 pm, EU Policy in the 2020s: Security, Economy, and the Environment
Organiser: Turun Sanomat
Panelists: Annika Saarikko (Centre Party), Mikkel Näkkäläjärvi (Social Democratic Party), Ilkka Kanerva (National Coalition Party), Li Andersson (Left Alliance), Ville Niinistö (Green Party), Sari Essayah (Christian Democrats), Simon Elo (Blue Reform), Ville Tavio (Finns Party) ja Stefan Wallin (Swedish People’s Party)
Host: Ari Niemi (TS)

MPs discuss security (EU defence, asylum policy), economy (i.e. Euro, financial crises, and Brexit), and the environment (energy, the EU emission targets, and the Baltic Sea).

4.30–5.00 pm, EU Policy in the 2020s: Challenges of the Presidency and Parliamentary Term
Organiser: Turun Sanomat
Panelists: Petteri Orpo (National Coalition Party) & Antti Rinne (Social Democratic Party)
Host: Kari Vainio (TS)

Main Library Studio
(Address: Linnankatu 2)


10.30 am–12.30 pm, Vision for European University (in English)
The event is full for now, but you may enquire about possible free places at the venue or follow the live stream online:
Live stream

Organiser: University of Turku

  • Opening words
    Kalervo Väänänen, Rector, University of Turku
  • Short presentations
    Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture; Lesley Wilson, Secretary General, European University Association; Miika Tiainen, President, National Union of University Students in Finland, SYL; Eva Åkesson, Rector, Uppsala University
  • Panel Discussion
    Participants: Anita Lehikoinen, Lesley Wilson, Eva Åkesson and Miika Tiainen
    Moderators: Niklas Sandler Vice-rector, Åbo Akademi
     and Jukka Mönkkönen, Rector, University of Eastern Finland and Chair, Universities Finland UNIFI

Research, education and innovation policies, and especially societal challenges present different kinds of demands for European universities which need to be met. Organised by the University of Turku, Universities Finland UNIFI, and Åbo Akademi University, the Vision for European University event discusses European universities' scopes for action in global co-operation.

1.00–2.00 pm, Vem bryr sig om EU (in Swedish)
Live stream

Organiser: Åbo Akademi

Paneldiskussion med Daniel Olin (YLE), Li Andersson (VF), Åsa von Schoultz (HU), Andreas Elfving (SFP).
Diskussionen modereras av Ville Hupa. Inledande kommentarer av Lauri Rapeli (ÅA).

3.30–5.00 pm, In What Direction Are Young People Taking the Europian Union?
Live stream

Organiser: Schuman Society & Students
Maria Nyroos, Specialist in International Affairs and EU Advocacy at the National Union of University Students in Finland – SYL; Katri Ylinen, Chair of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG); Alexander Lång, Student at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU); Annika Eskman, the Union of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK
Moderator: Vice-Chair of the Student Union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences Pyry-Petteri Lahtinen