Paperworkers’ president to head KEY-Finland in Brussels

In June 2003, the Finnish trade union confederations SAK, STTK and AKAVA invited Jarmo Lähteenmäki, the president of the Finnish Paperworkers’ Union, to become director of KEY-Finland from 1 April 2004. KEY-Finland is the joint mission of the Finnish unions in Brussels.

KEY-Finland is the joint mission of the Finnish trade union confederations – the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK), the Confederation of Salaried Employees (Toimihenkilökeskusjärjestö, STTK) and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals (AKAVA) – in Brussels. The current director of KEY-Finland, Jorma Skippari, leaves his position in summer 2004. Due to this, in June 2003 SAK, STTK, and AKAVA invited Jarmo Lähteenmäki, the president of the Finnish Paperworkers’ Union (Paperiliitto), to take up the position of director of KEY-Finland from 1 April 2004.

Mr Lähteenmäki is due to step down from his presidency of the Paperworkers’ Union at the end of August 2003, following some 20 years' service – first as a lawyer and then as president for the last decade. The Finnish Paperworkers’ Union has over 48,000 members and is affiliated to SAK. As president, Mr Lähteenmäki has been actively involved in international affairs in such capacities as a chair of the pulp and paper industry section at the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM). He has also focused his personal in-service development on international issues. Mr Lähteenmäki will embark on a full academic year of further education at the European Academy of Legal Theory in Brussels at the beginning of September 2003. The students for this programme are selected each year from a worldwide enrolment, and only a few Finns have completed the course to date.

KEY-Finland was originally established in Finland and moved to Brussels when Finland joined the European Union. It lobbies for the interests of Finnish employees in matters pertaining to European integration and keeps its supporting organisations informed of developments in the EU.

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