President of Ukraine

President: Ukraine is interested in Finland's experience in energy saving, efficient use of forests and land reform

12 September 2019 - 18:08

President: Ukraine is interested in Finland's experience in energy saving, efficient use of forests and land reform

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is satisfied with the results of negotiations with the Finnish side. The Head of State noted this at a press conference following a meeting with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö. He also congratulated his Finnish counterpart on an official visit to Kyiv, noting that it was their first personal meeting.

“We have agreed to intensify Ukrainian-Finnish economic cooperation, especially in the investment sphere. On our part - transparent rules of the game and protection of investors, on your part, we hope - increase of investments. We are very interested in Finland's experience in the field of energy efficiency, waste management, efficient use and restoration of forests, implementation of land reform,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

The Head of State noted that it is extremely important for Ukraine to expand cooperation in the energy sector, particularly energy-saving technologies. "I have drawn the attention of the President of Finland to the issue of the Nord Stream 2. I have emphasized that the given project was a threat to the whole of Europe and its evaluation as purely commercial could cost our European partners a lot in the future,” the President said. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy also noted Finland's leading role in the implementation of the Education Cooperation Program, due to which Ukraine receives advanced Finnish experience in creating a modern school education system.

Finally, the Head of State said that, according to UN studies, Finnish residents are the happiest people on the planet. "The task of our team is to make Ukraine your competitor in this rating," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

For his part, President of Finland Sauli Niinistö assured of the continued support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. He invited Volodymyr Zelenskyy to visit Finland.

Sauli Niinistö noted that the Ukrainian President and Parliament actively worked over reforms. “We all know that reforms are difficult to implement. I want to wish you success in this important issue,” the President of Finland noted.

According to him, Ukraine and Finland cooperate in the field of education and energy. The Finnish side is also interested in cooperation in the field of renewable energy. “Another element of our discussion concerned your preparation for land reform. I would like to tell you that land resources and forests are the things that work synchronously. We have done a great deal of work in the field of forestry: how to maintain it in a sustainable way so that forest areas make a great contribution not only to the economy of the country, but also to improving the life of society,” he said.


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