Speeches

Eurocities 2nd Mayors Summit 20.-21.3.2019, Mayor Jan Vapaavuori’s speech

Madam Chair, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Currently, urban areas are a home to 75% of the population within the EU. World’s greatest challenges and most crucial innovations will happen in cities. As mayors, our responsibility is to recognize the powers shifting our world, foresee the magnitude of these changes and prepare our governance – […]

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EPP Congress in Helsinki Opening Speech

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear European Friends, This morning as I was walking to the City Hall I contemplated my words to you. My head was filled with grand questions about the future of Europe, our joint mission for defending the European values and the future of democracy. In my thoughts, […]

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Preview Opening at Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Gilbert & George -exhibition

Dear Gilbert and George, Dear supporters and friends of the arts, Freedom is the essence of good life. Freedom to live, love, express and share with no artificial limitations. Freedom to live your life the way you want to live it without harming others. Freedom to feel included – normal even. Freedom to make sense […]

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Helsinki Design Week, Helsinki Design Awards 2018

Award winners, Ladies and Gentlemen, One of my favorite ideas inside the Helsinki city strategy is the combination of the “three big D’s” –  Design, Dialogue and Digitalization. Helsinki aims to be the most functional city in the world. These “three D’s” are the essential building blocks of this vision. In an international comparison Helsinki […]

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Welcoming the WTCF Summit to Helsinki in August 2019

WTCF Closing Ceremony, Qingdao Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good life – that is what it is all about. The most fundamental mission of cities is to create the best possible conditions for good everyday life. In the travel business however, we deal with the highlights of life. Trips are planned and dreamed about. Even […]

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Working session “Role of EU Single Market in the digital economy”, Riga

Distinguished Ministers, dear friends, Digitalization means industrial revolution. It changes the world faster than any other phenomenon since the beginning of the industrialization. It modifies business models, value chains and networks. Everything that can be digitalized will be digitalized. Digitalization means great opportunities for businesses and public sector. However, as the digital environment per se […]

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JASPERS’ stakeholders’ meeting – JASPERS’ Tenth Anniversary, Brussels

“The future of JASPERS” Director General, JASPERS stakeholders, Dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, The various presentations of today have underlined the fact that JASPERS has had a huge impact on delivering better EU projects. JASPERS has spearheaded close to 1 000 completed projects as of today and widened the scope of advisory support over its […]

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Civil Society Seminar with the EIB’s Board of Directors, Luxembourg

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to be here and a privilege to be invited to address this gathering. My topic today is one that everyone in this audience will, no doubt, have great experience of, namely how a business enterprise can be a good corporate citizen. Looking at the European Investment Bank, […]

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The European Union: Imprint of the Latvian Presidency, Riga

Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be back in Riga today to share with you my views about the role of the European Investment Bank in rebooting the EU’s economy. As you know, Latvia played a major role during its EU Presidency last year in the establishment of the European Fund for […]

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