Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of
Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze held meetings with State Secretary at
the Prime Minister’s Office Paula Lehtomäki,
Under-Secretary of State for European Union Affairs Jori
Arvonen as well as General Secretary of the Security
Committee of Finland Vesa Valtonen.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze briefed the State Secretary at the
Prime Minister’s Office about the progress of implementation of reforms in
Ukraine, in particular judicial, anti-corruption, banking and public
administration sectors. The interlocutors tackled the country’s GDP performance
that demonstrated a 2.2 % growth in 2016 being a signal of gradual economic upturn
Among other things, the meeting participants considered the escalation of
Russia’s aggression in the East of Ukraine, in particular offensive actions and
shelling of Avdiyivka.
Moreover, Paula Lehtomäki
shared experience of the Finnish authorities in achieving gender equality.
The meeting with Under-Secretary of State for European Union Affairs Jori Arvonen concerned the discussion
of setting up in Finland of a center for combating hybrid threats. 16 countries
expressed willingness to join the activity of the Center with headquarters in
Helsinki. Ukraine has valuable experience which is of interest for Finland.
General Secretary of the Security Committee of Finland Vesa Valtonen informed Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze
about the Finnish concept of security and defense, strategic work in this area,
as well as mechanisms to respond to crisis situations.