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News, 02/04/2012

Prime Ministers Katainen and Cameron: Confidence in Europe needs to be restored

"Finland welcomes Britain's desire for a stronger internal market. It will improve competitiveness and employment also in Finland", said Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. Katainen had a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron in London on 30 March.

Jyrki Katainen vieraili Lontoossa ja Downing Streetilla ensimmäistä kertaa pääministerin roolissa. (kuva: Jouni Mölsä)Jyrki Katainen became the PM of Finland in June 2011.  

In their meeting at 10 Downing Street, the two leaders discussed the EU's key economic issues. Particular focus was attached to ways with which to improve the functioning of the internal market. The premiers also said that both the Finnish and British Government expect the EU to take concrete measures for the creation of the digital single market as this would accelerate the spread of innovations and increase GDP within the EU area by up to four per cent.

The discussions also touched on ways to strengthen economic relations between the EU and Russia. According to the premiers, the EU should also take increasingly effective action to help small entrepreneurs in Europe to safeguard their businesses.

While in London, Prime Minister Katainen also held talks with the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King.

For more photos of the visit, please see our Facebook page

Media coverage of the visit:

Frost Over the World: Finland's success with 'growsterity'

The Independent: After the riots, Spain swings the axe on spending

Bloomberg: Finland's Katainen 'quite sure' IMF will top up Europe aid fund

YLE: Katainen Cameronin vieraana Lontoossa (in Finnish)

Nelosen uutiset: Katainen saapuu Downing Streetille (video)ähetykset?vt=video&vid=235959

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Updated 02/04/2012

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