Report: ASEM summit might not be held in Tampere
The Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit scheduled to be held in the Finnish city of Tampere during next year's Finnish Presidency of the European Union might be transferred to Helsinki.
According to a report on YLE Television News on Thursday evening, the possible reason for a change of venue could be that arrangements for the massive event might be easier in the Helsinki region.
The ASEM summit, in September 2006, is to be the largest in Finnish history, attracting participants from nearly 40 countries.
The issue has been discussed at the EU Presidency Secretariat, and the question could also come up in the government's EU Ministerial Committee.
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre) said in a television interview that the matter is under investigation, but that no decisions have been made yet.
Government Information Unit press release (21.1.2005): "The ASEM Summit to be held in Tampere during the Finnish EU Presidency"