by the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

On 16 and 17 September, the Diversity Europe group will host an extraordinary meeting in Helsinki. In line with Finland's priorities for its Presidency of the Council of the EU, "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future", our group has chosen to concentrate on three pillars that facilitate sustainable growth and thus boost EU competitiveness: bioeconomy and a climate-neutral Europe, digitalisation, and infrastructure.

The first day of the meeting will take place in the Annex Building of the Parliament and will be dedicated to a conference on the topic "Boosting EU competitiveness – three pillars for sustainable growth". The main purpose of this conference is to examine and debate challenges, opportunities, consequences, best practices and ways of increasing EU competitiveness. The session will open with keynote speeches by officials, representatives of the Finnish government and Parliament, and representatives of the organisations to which our Group III Finnish members are affiliated.

A study trip to rural venues near Helsinki, related to sustainable forest management and logistics in the forestry sector, will take place on the second day. (ih)