On 15-18 December in Helsinki in the framework of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union the Delegation of the European Union to Russia in cooperation with the Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Finland held a 3-day seminar for the representatives of the Russian media.
15 editors-in-chief and correspondents from 14 Russian cities took part in the seminar. It was dedicated to some burning issues of the EU-Russia relations, with the focus on the energy and humanitarian cooperation. Luca Eszter Kadar, Spokesperson of the EU Delegation to Russia and Head of Press & Information, moderated the seminar.
Jari Luoto, Under-Secretary of State for EU Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, told the participants about Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU. Anne Suoholm, Head of the Communication Service, shared experience of Finland's Presidency in terms of communication.
The journalists visited Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and attended a meeting of the Grand Committee in the Finnish Parliament. By the way, anyone interested can come and see how the Finnish MPs work. The new Oodi library, which was opened a year ago, has made an indelible impression. It is not just a collection of books, but also a meeting place, a space for work and study or just leisure.
At one of the meetings Minna Partti from Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY shared her experience of waste management in the region. Pavel Shikunov, Editor-in-Chief, Penza-View, shared his opinion afterwards:
"Waste management experience is particularly interesting in the light of the garbage reform. It was not easy to teach people to sort waste in Finland either, and it took years to do so, but now, as a local journalist has admitted, it is difficult even morally to dispose all waste in one bucket without sorting. In the next few years, it is planned to reach a recycling rate of 60% for recycled waste. New large landfills, where garbage is delivered, are not opened."
Some officials from the European External Action Service also held meetings with the participants.
The seminar wrapped up with a talk about happiness with special reference to Finland.