From 2017-2019 Finland takes on the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. In the light of this upcoming role, the Finish Embassy of Berlin, together with the Federal Foreign Office and the German Arctic Office, organizes the special seminar Exploring Common Solutions. The Arctic Council Chairmanship of Finland.

29 May 2017, Berlin, Germany

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16.30 Registration

17.00 Welcome speeches

Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Embassy of Finland, and
Ambassador Martin Kotthaus, Director General for European Affairs, German Foreign Office

17.15 Keynote speech: Priorities of the Finnish Chairmanship

Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,Finland

17.35 Panel Discussion, Comments

Tero Vauraste, Chair of the Arctic Economic Council, CEO of Arctia Ltd: Economic Development
Karin Lochte, Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Walter L. Kühnlein, Chairman of the German Association for Marine Technology
Henna Haapala, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Moderated by Volker Rachold, Head of the German Arctic Office

18.30-19.30 Cocktail reception

Official Program