Lithuania opens its new Honorary Consulate in the capital of North Karelia, Finland
On 21 November, the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania, headed by Esa Karvinen, was opened in Joensuu, a city in North Karelia. The consular district of the Honorary Consulate includes the regions of North Karelia and Northern Savonia.
On the occasion of the opening of the Honorary Consulate, Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Neris Germanas said that Lithuania and Finland were close neighbours and regional partners that enjoyed dynamic and fruitful cooperation.
“We are so very glad that the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania was opened in a city that has been twinned with Vilnius since 1970. In the city, we have a large group of friends of Lithuania – Donelaitis society of the Joensuu region (Joensuun seudun Donelaitis-seura). The Donelaitis society has actively promoted relations between Finland and Lithuania over several decades. The opening of the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Joensuu will boost our bilateral cooperation, while the new Honorary Consul’s long-term relations with Lithuania and work experience in the fields of education and culture will significantly contribute to the advancement of regional cooperation, enhance economic and commercial ties, as well as contribute to investment promotion,” said the Vice-Minister Germanas.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister also congratulated the Finnish friends of Lithuania on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the declaration of Independence of Finland on 6 December.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Mayor of the City of Joensuu and representatives of the administration, business, education, of the world of culture, the local Lithuanian community, Finland’s Donelaitis society and members of the Lithuanian delegation led by the Vice-Minister of Environment Martynas Norbutas. Entrepreneurs had the opportunity to become acquainted with the potential of economic cooperation with Lithuania.
Germanas discussed further development of bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of education, innovation, research and other areas in a meeting with the Mayor of the City of Joensuu Kari Karjalainen. The Vice-Minister welcomed the fact that after the ratification of the Convention on the European Forest Lithuania would be able to make use of the Joensuu-based European Forest Institute (EFI). The EFI conducts research and provides policy support on issues related to forest to political decision-makers in European countries.
From now on there are three Honorary Consulates of Lithuania in Finland.