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Minister of Economic Affairs to promote marine industry exports in the Netherlands and to discuss industrial policy in Denmark 

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 2.11.2021 10.36
Press release
Elinkeinoministeri Mika Lintilä

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will travel with a Team Finland business delegation to the Europort event in Rotterdam on 2–4 November 2021. The goal of the visit is to increase the export of solutions related to automation and low emissions in shipping and ports. The Minister will then travel to Copenhagen where he will discuss industrial policy and digital economy with his Danish colleagues.

Rotterdam is one of Europe’s major shipping centres and it aims to become the smartest and cleanest port in the world. The Team Finland visit aims to strengthen cooperation between Finland and the Netherlands in the marine industry and to call attention to Finnish companies’ expertise in automation and low emissions solutions.

“The marine industry is undergoing rapid digitalisation and a transition towards low-carbon operations. In order to succeed, marine industry companies must be involved in international projects and value chains. Both Finland and the Netherlands are strong and innovative players in the sector, and I am confident that the Europort event will result in new relationships and future partnerships,” Lintilä says. 

During the visit, Lintilä will meet the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Stef Blok as well as the decision-makers and key companies of the Rotterdam marine industry cluster together with the business delegation. The Netherlands is Finland’s fourth largest export destination with dozens of Finnish companies operating in the country. 

The Team Finland delegation includes companies that offer solutions to areas such as emissions-free or autonomous shipping and the digitalisation of ports. Nine Finnish companies will participate in the business delegation gathered by Business Finland: ABB Marine, Awake.AI, Dimecc, GIM Robotics, Katsa, NIT Naval Interior Team, Port of HaminaKotka, Secapp and Turku Science Park.

Industrial policy, digital economy and energy on the Minister’s agenda in Copenhagen

On 4 November, the Minister will travel to Copenhagen, where he will meet Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Simon Kollerup and Minister of Climate, Energy and Public Utilities Dan Jørgensen. Lintilä will also meet Danish companies at an event organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry. 

Finland currently holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Lintilä will have a discussion with the Council’s Secretary General Paula Lehtomäki in Copenhagen. 

Nina Alatalo, Adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs (EU and International Affairs), tel. +358 295 047 171
Riikka Astala, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 057
Taru Löyttymäki, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 177

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