Ashton and Tuomioja attended to an invitation seminar at the Arctic Centre discussing the plan to establish the EU Arctic Information Centre as a network of institutions with a hub in Rovaniemi. Their comments to the plan were very positive.
“And I wanted to say at
the beginning that this is a very important place because it's also the
birth place of both the Northern dimension and the Arctic Council. And I
will be completely upfront in saying I can think of nowhere better for
the Arctic Information Centre to be but here”, Ashton said in the
“I am in favor of it being in Rovaniemi but I don’t have
the decision in my fingertips”, answered Ashton when media asked if the
EU Arctic Information Centre is going further.
“It is my third
visit here to this city (Rovaniemi). I know how much it is a center of
and combination of things – tourism, culture and the university which
has an extraordinary high reputation. I think it would be extremely good
if we were able to support that. So I would be going back to push for
that”, she continued.
“EU is preparing to establish an Arctic
Information Centre in Rovaniemi. To reach that a decision prepared
according to the Commission rules is still required. In Rovaniemi there
was a confident mood that the decision will be ready soon and the
comments given by Ashton did not weaken this confidence, to say the
least”, wrote minister Tuomioja in his blog after the visit.
talked also with the leaders of Sami parliaments of Finland, Norway and
Sweden. She continued her Arctic trip to Kiruna (Sweden), Tromsö
(Norway) and Svalbard.
Director of the Arctic
Centre Paula Kankaanpää, Lady Catherine Ashton, Minister for Foreign
Affairs Erkki Tuomioja and Ambassador Hannu Halinen. Photo: Marjo
More information on EU Arctic Information Centre
Professor Paula Kankaanpää, Director of the Arctic Centre, paula.kankaanpaa(at)ulapland.fi, tel. +358 40 777 78 25
Catherine Ashton and Erkki Tuomioja positive about EU Arctic Information Centre
Fri, Mar 09, 2012
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission visited Rovaniemi and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland on Tuesday 6th March. She travelled together with Erkki Tuomioja, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs.