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China-Europe water cooperation built in Turku – Ministers from several countries will be present

Ministry for Foreign AffairsMinistry of Agriculture and ForestryMinistry of the Environment
Publication date 18.9.2017 15.37 | Published in English on 18.9.2017 at 17.16
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On 21–22 September 2017, a high-level political conference on water cooperation between China and the EU will be organised in Turku, Finland. On the agenda at the conference are the water-related UN Sustainable Development Goals, water in circular economy, and strengthening the cooperation between European and Chinese water companies.

The event is also the Annual High Level Dialogue Conference of the China-Europe Water Platform CEWP. CEWP is a collaboration network of the European Union and the Ministry of Water Resources of China for the governance, research and companies in the water sector.

The conference venue is Turku Castle. The Finnish representative is Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen. Minister of Water Resources of China Chen Lei, Minister of the Environment of Estonia Siim Kiisler, Minister for the Environment of Sweden Karolina Skog and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment, will also be present. There will be almost 400 participants from 20 countries in the conference and business events. 

Doors to China opened for companies in the water sector

In connection with the conference there will be an extensive Business Event for Chinese and European companies in the water sector. Customised visits will be organised to Finnish companies striving to gain access to the Chinese markets. There will also be an innovation event for representatives from universities and research institutions.

The event is organised in cooperation between the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Southwest Finland, City of Turku, Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Regional Council of Satakunta, Southwest Coast Platform for Water Expertise and several partners in Finland and abroad, the Ministry of Water Resources of China and the EU Commission

Finland is very active in the work of the CEWP. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will head the EU CEWP Secretariat in 2018–2019. This will further strengthen Finland’s position in the CEWP.

Inquiries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry:
Seppo Rekolainen, Director of International Water Cooperation, seppo.rekolainen(at), tel. + 358 0295 162 086
Olli-Matti Verta, Ministerial Adviser, olli-matti.verta(at), tel. + 358 0295 162 123

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