will be talking with Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä today, two weeks before the beginning of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. He will be exchanging views with his counterpart on the priorities of the forthcoming German Presidency of the Council of the EU and on current industrial and energy policy issues.
Federal Minister Altmaier said: “I look forward to intensive, trusting cooperation during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2020. Tackling the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic makes our cooperation in Europe more important than ever. Stabilising the European economy and making it as strong as it was before the crisis requires a joint European response. Finland is an excellent partner to strengthen the EU jointly and effectively as a competitive and innovative economic area operating globally.”
Economic relations between Finland and Germany are very good and close. In 2019, bilateral trade amounted to approximately €20 billion. The Republic of Finland is an important trading partner for Germany (ranking 26th among Germany’s foreign trade partners in 2019). Germany is Finland’s number one trading partner.