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President Adamkus will go to Finland for state visit

Thursday, April 9, Vilnius - On April 22-24, President Valdas Adamkus will go on a state visit to the Republic of Finland. The President will be accompanied by a delegation of public officials, business people and environmentalists.
On April 23, President Adamkus will meet President Tarja Halonen of Finland, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, Speaker of Parliament Sauli Niinistö, and the Mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen.
The high-level meetings will focus on the development of cooperation around the Baltic Sea, topical environmental and energy issues, Europe's Eastern Partnership, and EU prospects for the future.
President Adamkus will participate in a round-table on environmental protection of the Baltic Sea. Lithuanian and Finnish politicians and experts will discuss joint actions in the region.
Valdas Adamkus is expected to open the Lithuanian-Finnish Business Forum.
President Adamkus will visit the Hietaniemi cemetery in Helsinki and lay a wreath at the tomb stone of Marshall Mannerheim. He will also visit the grave of Professor Aukusti Robert Niemi (1869-1931), researcher of Lithuanian folklore and promoter of Lithuanian culture.
On April 24, President Adamkus will visit the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant where Unit Three is under construction.
The President will also visit Turku and view the Cathedral and the Sibelius Museum. He will present the Mayor of Turku, Mikko Pukkinen, with a portrait of Kotryna Jogailaitė (Catherine Jagellon) that will be put on display at the Turku Castle.
Valdas Adamkus will return to Vilnius Friday evening.

For the Media: The President and delegation will go to Finland and come back by regular flights. Media representatives who will cover the visit are requested to contact Jurga Vilpišauskaitė, Deputy Adviser to the President by phone 852664156 or by e-mail



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