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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ information on Europe participates in the Turku European Forum, which will be held in Turku on 25.-27.8.2021. The forum will be held for the fourth time, and this year’s discussions will highlight the change between the EU and Finland. The European Forum also has the status and function of the sub-event of the EU’s Future Conference. As part of the European Forum’s programme, the European Information will organise a debate on “Europe of Freedoms – what is after interest rates?”. The speakers are Saila Heinikoski, Senior Researcher of the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen and Ninni Norra, who is a citizen’s representative at the plenary session of the conference on the future of Europe. The discussion is moderated by journalist Eeva Lehtimäki. The event is held on Friday 27.8. at 16-17. Freedom of movement is one of the EU’s achievements. However, this cornerstone of the Union has been hard hit during the corona pandemic. What is the future of an open and borderless Europe after the corona crisis? You can follow the discussions online. The event page opens in August.
Event reportOn 27 August, the European Information Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a debate on “A Europe of Freedoms — what after the Corona?” at the Turku European Forum on 27 August. The event was organised in a panel format and the public had the opportunity to ask and discuss. The event focused on the current state of free movement and the future of free movement in the European Union. The discussion was attended by the Finnish Institute’s Senior Researcher Saila Heinikoski, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen and Ninni Norra, Citizen Representative of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The discussion is moderated by journalist Eeva Lehtimäki. The event was held at the Radisson Blu Marina Palace in Turku on Friday 27 August at around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the coronavirus situation, the number of people on site was limited. However, it was possible to watch the conversation live online. There were about 10 spectators on the spot. Between 4 and 5 p.m. Livestream watched 193 spectators. For at least 15 minutes, 151 people watched the programme and 116 spectators were present for the whole hour. More detailed demographic data for viewers are not available. A recording of the event has also been published, which can be viewed here: in the EU, the EU’s rapid response in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic was praised, but the lack of cooperation and solidarity among member states was criticised. Closing borders at the beginning of the pandemic without negotiating with other countries was seen as problematic. There was also a debate on the corona passport. Ninni Norra presented the Conference on the Future of Europe. According to Sirpa Pietikäinen, free movement is so important that it should also be discussed at the conference for the future. However, panellists did not feel free movement was in fact threatened in the EU.
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