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Taoiseach & Minister McEntee attending European summit in Finland

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is in Helsinki today for bilateral meetings with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and the Prime Minister of Finland, Juri Sipilä. Finland takes on the EU Presidency in the second half of 2019.

The Taoiseach is joined by Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee for the meetings, which will focus on Brexit, December’s European Council, and the forthcoming Finnish Presidency. They are also likely to discuss the Future of Europe, migration, security, and a number of economic issues including the Multi-Annual Financial Framework and Economic and Monetary Union.

The Taoiseach will also thank the President and the Prime Minister for Finland's ongoing strong solidarity on Brexit.

Later today the Taoiseach will attend a networking event with business, academic and Irish community representatives.

Finland is an important strategic partner for Ireland and will chair a number of discussions when it holds the EU Presidency next year.