Accompanied by Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Oleksandr Chalyy and National Bank Chairman Volodymyr Stelmakh, Victor Yushchenko and his wife have gone to Finland, according to the President`s press-office.

      On October 26, he is meeting with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Parliamentary Speaker Paavo Lipponen. They are going to speak about how to nurture economic, investment and energy ties between Ukraine and Finland.

      Mr. Yushchenko will open a business forum “Ukraine: New Opportunities for Business and Investment,” organized by the Confederation of Finnish Industries. He will also attend a ceremony to establish a joint venture Budfarfor-Sanitek and visit the Nokia headquarters.

      On October 27, the President is expected to take part in a Ukraine-EU summit. He will meet with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Secretary General of the EU Council Javier Solana.

      The summit will focus on the implementation of the Ukraine-EU Action Plan and plans to sign an enhanced agreement, which will enable Ukraine to gradually integrate into Europe’s market, legal and security systems. Its participants are also going to discuss principles to create a free trade zone and ways to complete the Odesa-Brody-Plock oil pipeline project. They will sign agreements on readmission and liberalization of visa requirements.