Croatia chairs meeting of EU Council instead of Finland

Photo: EPA Finnish PM Antti Rinne (R) hands over his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto (L), Helsinki, 3 December.

Minister Josip Bilaver from Croatia, the next country to hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, chaired on 3 December the meeting of the EU Ministers of Transport and Communications, the Finland's Presidency reported.

The Finnish minister Sanna Marin had to return to Helsinki in the middle of the Council meeting due to the political situation in Finland.

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne stepped down on Tuesday and handed in his government's resignation at a meeting with President Sauli Niinisto after a row erupted over the state-owned postal services and his leadership style. Rinne's resignation came after one of his coalition partners said they no longer had his support. The president has asked the government to stay on in a caretaker capacity. The coalition took office in June, a month before Finland took over the six-month rotating EU presidency.


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