“Why do we need a forum like this?” asked President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö when opening the Kultaranta talks on Sunday 16 August. “We tend to talk at cross purposes. I believe that we should try to avoid this today and tomorrow so that we can make real progress.”
The opening session of the Kultaranta talks on Monday 17 June featured an exploration of Finland’s role in a changing world. In his opening remarks, President Niinistö encouraged the participants to be bold and transparent, and they took him at his word.
Sunday 16 June at 19.00
The opening address of the President
Monday 17 June at 9.00-10.45
Opening debate: Finland's place on the changing world stage
- Introductory speakers will include Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja, Member of Parliament Juha Sipilä, Director of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA Matti Apunen, Professor Hiski Haukkala from the University of Tampere, and President of The Left Youth of Finland Li Andersson
- The leaders of the work groups will summarise the discussions during the closing debate.