"The COSAC meeting in Helsinki will focus on strengthening the principle of the rule of law and the EU’s climate action, both of which are key themes of Finland’s EU Presidency. At its meeting, COSAC will also discuss the principle of the rule of law from the perspective of citizens’ fundamental rights. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union became legally binding exactly ten years ago when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force. Now is the right time to review the progress that we have achieved and to determine where Europe should go from here. The European Union is expected to adopt a long-term climate strategy in the next few months. This strategy must be ambitious, and it must demonstrate that the EU wants to remain at the forefront in setting climate policy goals. Among the topics discussed at the COSAC meeting will be the issue of how energy policy helping to mitigate climate change could serve as a basis for economic growth in the coming decades. We will also have separate discussions based on keynote speeches from Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator in the Brexit discussions. My hope is that in Helsinki, we will engage in open political discussion that will lead to concrete action to strengthen the principle of the rule of law and to work towards mitigating climate change. National parliaments play a key role in the construction of a Europe where all Member States and all citizens are treated fairly – now and in the future.
Welcome to Helsinki."