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Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union: Permanent representation: History


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A brief history of Rue de Trèves 100

In summer 1992 the removal crates were carried into Rue de Trèves 100. The Finnish state had bought the property a year earlier and the extensive renovation work had been completed. All that was left of the original building was the staircase and the lift. The interior of the property had been given a Finnish feel and even its own sauna.

The move kept three separate units busy: Finland’s EC Representation, the Finnish Embassy and the Danish diplomats who had rented the third floor of the building.


Erkki LiikanenErkki Liikanen

The staff of Finland’s EC Representation in 1992 comprised only 18 civil servants, 7 secretaries and two employees recruited locally. The work has headed by EC Ambassador Erkki Liikanen from the fifth floor of the building. The working day was spent on EC membership negotiations and the implementation of the ETA Agreement.

EU membership meant more space

When Finland became a Member State of the European Union in 1995, exclusive use of the premises at Rue de Trèves 100 was transferred to Finland ’s Permanent Representation.

The Permanent Representation of Finland is an exceptionally large representation, and it has had to adapt to an unprecedented rate of growth.


Antti Satuli - Permanent Representative 1995 - 2001Antti Satuli - Permanent Representative 1995 - 2001

Finland's first Permanent Representative was Antti Satuli. In the early days of membership, he had a staff of 33 civil servants from different ministries as well as office staff posted from Finland.

Secretaries were recruited locally from the expanding Finnish community in Belgium. There were more applicants than there were jobs.

July 1999 brought Finland its first opportunity to manage the work of the Council of the EU. The extra staff needed for the presidency created a need for more space. Temporary office premises were rented nearby at Rue de Trèves 39. Even after the presidency was over, the need for additional space remained, so premises at Rue de Trèves 45 were then rented on a permanent basis.

Finland held its second EU presidency for the second half of 2006. The presidency meant again a squeeze as far as space was concerned. As before, increased demand was catered for by renting additional premises.

At the present time, without ongoing presidency, approximately one hundred civil servants work at the Finnish Permanent Representation. For as long as they work in Brussels, the civil servants are officials of the Representation and serve the state administration as a whole.


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Updated 3/28/2007

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