Minister Altmaier (left) with Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Lintilä (right)

Minister Altmaier (left) with Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Lintilä (right)

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Minister Peter Altmaier is meeting today in Berlin with Finland’s Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintilä. The focus of the discussions is on Europe, and in particular on the future financial arrangements for the EU.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Finland and Germany have common interests in many fields of European policy. In view of the forthcoming decisions which will help to determine the future direction of the European Union, I wish to engage in early coordination with this important member of the eurozone. Finland will hold the EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2019. That will be a key period in view of the decisions to be taken at that time.”

Germany and Finland have close economic ties; their relations are traditionally friendly and diverse. Germany is Finland’s most important trading partner. Finland ranks 25th amongst Germany’s leading trading partners. The volume of trade amounted to €19.25 billion in 2017. Finland benefits greatly from investments by German firms.