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Cablegate: Ambassador Barrett Meets with Finnish Employment

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SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR BARRETT MEETS WITH FINNISH EMPLOYMENT
MINISTER CRONBERG

1. (SBU) During the Ambassador,s June 19 courtesy call,
Minister of Employment Tarja Cronberg indicated she may wish
to pursue a meeting or other contact with Secretary Chao
after returning from summer vacation. Cronberg complimented
the Embassy's city outreach program bringing Embassy
employees out to make regional contact throughout Finland;
Cronberg is from the Joensuu region.

2. (U) The Ambassador and Cronberg, the minister responsible
for entrepreneurship in Finland, discussed a possible venture
capital meeting focused on climate and energy innovation in
Finland, where Finland could showcase its inventions and
investors from the US could look at Finland. Minister
Cronberg responded that she would like to follow up on this
idea, especially for regions where logging has ended and
Finland needs to find new industry. She also expressed
interest in the military and aerospace industries
BARRETT

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