Personnel of The European Office: Kaisa Vuori, Saara Nuotio-Coulon and Miia Paananen.
Turku-Southwest Finland European Office in Brussels was founded 20 years ago. The 20 years of the European Office is celebrated on 20 November, 2018, by the seminar organized in Brussels. The theme of the seminar is Sustainable Development.
The purpose of the celebration seminar is to present to the European audience the objective of carbon neutrality by Turku, which is very ambitious even globally, and the work of circular economy done in Southwest Finland.
– In Turku and Southwest Finland they do great work for sustainable development in order to control climate change and to promote circular economy. This work we can proudly present in Brussels. The subject is very timely and our seminar has aroused wide interest, says Head of Office Saara Nuotio-Coulon.
In the event, Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen greets the audience and the Secretary General of ICLEI Gino Van Begin gives the main speech about the roles of cities as global climate leaders. Turku is represented in the celebration by a 20-person delegation led by Mayor Minna Arve and including the members of Turku City Board.
The European Office will also be celebrated in Turku in an event organized in the State Office Building on 5 December, the eve of the Independence Day of Finland. In the event there will be discussions e.g. about the present situation and the future of the EU supervision.
European Office serves actors in Southwest Finland
Turku-Southwest Finland European Office is an office in Brussels representing the City of Turku. The offices also serves the Regional Council of Southwest Finland and University of Turku. The European Office follows significant EU policy areas, development lines, financing programs and legislation and affects them when necessary.
In addition, the task is to promote important matters and know-how from Southwest Finland to EU institutions like European Commission and European Parliament and other central actors.
One of the most important tasks of the office is to maintain the cooperation network and to open doors for the citizens of Turku and for actors in Southwest Finland.
The cooperation networks working in Brussels are also an important channel of supervision. The office gives information to the representatives of EU institutions and other important interest groups about good projects and fields of know-how in Southwest Finland and increases the awareness of the area in Brussels by organizing meetings and events.
– One of the most important tasks of the office is to maintain the cooperation network and to open doors for the citizens of Turku and for actors in Southwest Finland. It is also important to develop EU know-how among actors and it will be focused in future more than before, says Saara Nuotio-Coulon.
Additionally, the European Office provides actors and background groups with predictive information on the preparation of EU funding programmes, legislation and their eventual influence on Southwest Finland.
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