Stubb hosts EU meeting at resort in Lapland
Rahvusvahelised uudised 15 Mar 2010  EWR
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Helsingin Sanomat

An unofficial meeting of eight foreign ministers during the weekend at the Saariselkä resort in Finnish Lapland was considered so successful that the group agreed on holding another one next year in Lapland.

Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb (Nat. Coalition Party) said that similar gatherings are to be held in other EU countries as well. The feeling was that smaller gatherings could bring significantly more efficiency to EU decision-making.

Speaking to reporters, Catherine Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that a turning point had been reached in the construction of a new foreign policy in Europe.

She said that discussions are concentrating more on content than on “that fluffy stuff”, she said on Saturday.

In the field of foreign affairs she sees a need to systematically strengthen the EU’s position in adjacent areas, and with the most important concentration of power.

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