Thursday 30 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 Thursday

Radisson Blu Marina Palace, congress hall AavaMeri)
(Address: Linnankatu 32)


10.30–11.00 am, Opening of the Forum
Live stream

11.00 am–12.45 pm, Europe and Finland – 20 years of EMU (partly in English)
Live stream

Organiser: Bank of Finland

  • Opening of the seminar
    Olli Rehn, Governor of the Bank of Finland
  • Keynote introduction: ”Birth and Transformation of the Eurosystem” (in English)
    Francesco Papadia
  • Panel discussion: ”20 years of EMU: What have we learnt, how will we proceed?”
    Timo Harakka, Sirkka Hämäläinen, Sirpa Pietikäinen, and Suvi-Anne Siimes
    Moderator: Olli Rehn

1.15–3.00 pm, Migration i Europa - vilka utmaningar står EU inför?  (in Swedish)
Live stream

Organiser: Åbo Akademi University

Panel leader: Prof. Bengt Kristensson-Uggla
Panelists: Allan Rosas (EU-tuomari), Nils Torvalds (EP), Peter Nynäs (prof. religionsvetenskap), Salla Tuori (biträd prof. Genusvetenskap).

3.30–5.30 pm, From an Agricultural Community to an Innovation Economy – What Happens Next? The development of the single market 2019–2024 (in Finnish)
Live stream

Organisers: Finland Chamber of Commerce and Turku Business Region

  • 3.30 pm, Why is EU important to Finnish companies and cities?
    Juho Romakkaniemi, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce
    Niko Kyynäräinen, CEO, Turku Business Region
  • 3.40 pm, Keynote – The European Single Market and Finland’s Competitiveness Challenges
    Kristian Hedberg, Debuty Head of Cabinet, European Commission
  • 4.10 pm, Commentary speech: Finland and the Global Reality
    Juho Romakkaniemi, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce
  • 4.20 pm, Panel 1. Know-how and Innovation as Regional Assets in the Developing Single Market
  • 4.55 pm, Panel 2. The Work Programme of the New Commission – What are the focal points?

Thalia Market (Address: Aurakatu 10)

10.30–11.00 am, Opening of the Forum
Live stream

11.30–12.00 pm, EU in a Nutshell: What and Why?
Organiser: Schuman Society
Kimmo Elo, Senior Researcher, University of Turku

12.15–12.45 pm, Schuman Society: Where are you headed, EU?
Members of Schuman Society, i.a. Riina Lumme ja Juha Pyykönen
Facilitator: Ossi Tuusvuori

1.00–1.30 pm, EU Myth busters
Organisers: A European Finland and JEF Finland
Panelists: MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen and MEP Henna Virkkunen.
Facilitator: Iida Laurila, Head of JEF Turku

1.30-2.00 pm, #EUandME short films 

  • Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
  • Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

2.00–2.45 pm, Trade Wars or Sustainable Trade – the future of the EU trade policy
Organiser: Finnish Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Markus Penttinen, Head of International Affairs, Akava; Simo Tiainen, Director, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK); Timo Vuori, Director of International Affairs, Finland Chamber of Commerce
Facilitator: Advocacy Officer Elina Mikola, the Finnish NGDO Platform to the European Union, Kehys

3.00–4.00 pm, Violent Extremism – the New Normal?
Participants: Mayor of Turku Minna Arve; Chair of the Left Alliance Li Andersson; Head of Development at the Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior Tarja Mankkinen; Police Inspector at the National Police Board Timo Kilpeläinen
Chair: Director of the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku Markku Jokisipilä

The Ministry of the Interior organises a discussion session about security, ideological violence, and the prospects of development. How has Finland changed in relation to these issues, and what does the future look like?

Main Library Studio (Address: Linnankatu 2)

11.00 am–12.00 pm, How Do Immigration and Migration Change Our Cities? panel discussion
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

Organisers: Ministry of the Interior and Migration Institute of Finland
Participants: Head of Migration Institute of Finland, Tuomas Martikainen; National Institute of Health and Welfare, Timo Kauppinen; Immigration Coordinator, City of Turku, Sari Kanervo; Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, Sari Haavisto.

12.30–2.00 pm, When Researched Information and Politics Meet
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: Centre for Parliamentary Studies

MEP Merja Kyllönen (Left Alliance / GUE/NGL), Secretary General Antton Rönnholm (Social Democratic Party of Finland), representative Ville Niinistö (Greens in Finland), Professor Timo Knuutila (University of Turku),Professor Anne Kumpula (University of Turku), Senior Researcher Kimmo Elo (University of Turku)
Moderator: Senior Researcher Jenni Karimäki (University of Turku)

The panel focuses on the environment, the future of the EU, and the relationship of artificial intelligence and work.

2.15–5.00 pm, EU - A Friend of NGOs
Live stream

Organisers: Finnish National Agency for Education and Europe Direct Southwest Finland

What kinds of possibilities does the European Union offer for the international operation of organisations? How to develop the operation of associations and organisations through European cooperation? What forms of support does European Union offer to Finnish organisations? What kind of experience do our organisations have on European cooperative projects? You will receive information of EU programmes and the operators’ experiences. The discussion is targeted at all organisational operators, from the sports and exercise sector to culture and youth, as well as social and welfare organisations. The afternoon finishes with a panel discussion concerning the states of European NGOs and civil society.

  • 2.15 pm, Coffee service
  • 2.30 pm, Opening of the event
    Regional Mayor Kari Häkämies, Regional Council of Southwest Finland
  • 2.35-3.00 pm, Europe of the Citizens
    • 2.35pm, ​Programme in a nutshell
      Chief Expert Mauri Uusilehto 
    • 2.45 pm, Project Example: Anatomy of Ostracism
      Executive Director Riikka Jalonen, The Peace Education Institute (RKI)
  • 3.15-4.00 pm, Erasmus + Sport
    • ​3.15 pm, Programme in a nutshell
      Chief Expert Terhi Liintola
    • 3.30 pm, Project Example: Play-project
      Organisation coordinator Riitta Latvio, Finnish Multicultural Sports Federation FIMU ry 
  • 4.15 pm, Creative Euroope
    • ​4.15 pm, Programme in a nutshell
      Chief Expert Hanna Hietaluoma-Hanin
    • 4.30 pm, Project Example: Sing Outside the Box
      Executive Director Riikka Jalonen, The Peace Education Institute (RKI)

5.30–6.45 pm, How is the European civil society doing today?
Live stream

Organiser: Europe Direct Southwest Finland

Attending the panel discussion: MEP Heidi Hautala (Greens in Finland, Greens/EFA); MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (National Coalition Party/EPP); Ministerial Adviser Niklas Wilhelmsson, Ministry of Justice; Executive Director Pauli Heikkinen, the Southwest Finland branch of the Finnish Red Cross; Organisation Manager Eija Eloranta, The Finnish Neuromuscular Disorders Association
Leading the panel: EU spokes man Juhana Tuomola

Additional events

5.00–7.00 pm, ”The Uncertainty of the World – Will EU be able to ensure food security?”
Organiser: The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)
Hotel Marina Palace

  • Panel 1: Security of supply and trade policy.
    Keynote: Researcher Kaisa Karttunen, Think Tank e2.
    Panelists: Senior Adviser Sanna-Liisa Taivalmaa, Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland; Chair Juha Marttila, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK).
    Moderator: Niklas Holmberg, Maaseudun Tulevaisuus (”The Rural Future”).
  • Panel 2: Food security.
    Keynote: Permanent Secretary Jaana Husu-Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
    Panelists: CEO Juha Gröhn, Atria group; pork producer and "pig tail envoy" Taru Antikainen, Aura.
    Moderator: Head of Department Riikka Leskinen, Valonia – a service centre for sustainable development and energy of Southwest Finland.

5.00–7.00, Speech and a cocktail event – EU and European City Policy
The event is full.

Organiser: Ajatuspaja Toivo
Piazza Cocktail Garden

7.30–10.00, Europe Forum Afterwork
Organisers: SHIFT Business Festival & Turku Chamber of Commerce
Panimoravintola Koulu (Brewery restaurant School)

The organisers reserve the right to changes.