Competitiveness and green transition in focus when Prime Minister received Petteri Orpo and Ursula von der Leyen

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On Friday 19 January, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson received Finland’s Prime Minister Petteri Orpo and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Stockholm. Topics discussed during the visit included current EU issues, support to Ukraine, competitiveness and the green transition.

  • Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Finland’s Prime Minister Petteri Orpo and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

    Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Finland’s Prime Minister Petteri Orpo and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • The visit on Friday began at Stora Eno’s Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Nacka.

    The visit on Friday began at Stora Eno’s Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Nacka.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • "It is important that EU legislation is designed in such a way that the potential of forests is realised,” says Mr Kristersson.

    "It is important that EU legislation is designed in such a way that the potential of forests is realised,” says Mr Kristersson.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Regeringskansliet

“The forestry industry is of great importance to Sweden and Finland. Forests play an important role in reducing emissions and they contribute to the EU’s competitiveness. It is important that EU legislation is designed in such a way that the potential of forests is realised,” says Mr Kristersson.

The visit on Friday began at Stora Enso’s Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Nacka, where the leaders met with representatives of the Swedish and Finnish forestry industries.

The leaders held a joint press conference in the afternoon, at which Mr Kristersson emphasised the importance of the legislation governing forestry in the EU being designed in a way that supports the EU’s competitiveness and the green transition.