Over 2,000 participants gathered from 8 to 10 June in Sotkamo, Finland, for Keskusta's 77th Congress.
Finnish Prime Minister and Keskusta's leader Juha Sipilä opened Sotkamo's party Congress stressing that whenever Finland needs a strong leader, Keskusta is ready to work and take action. In his speech, the Prime Minister also went through the promises made during the electoral term, such as economic growth and employment, both of which have been fulfilled as promised. In particular, Sipilä praised that his party has been able to stand for regional equality, reflected in the creation of new jobs in all provinces.
You can read his full opening speech in Finnish here.
During the event, Sipilä was re-elected as Chairman of Keskusta for a two-year mandate (2018-2010). Sipilä has been leading the party since 2012. Following his election, Sipilä addressed the Congress in a speech explaining the four pillars or 'leafs of the clover' for Keskusta: knowledge growth, care, realistic environment goals and responsibility.
Kaikki toiminta perustuu luottamukseen. Seuraavien vaalien kakkara on luottamuksen apila. Luottamuksen apila seisoo tukevasti kuntoon laitetun Suomen maaperällä. Apilan lehdille rakennetaan tulevaisuutta: osaava kasvu, huolenpito, realistinen vihreys ja vastuunkanto. #Keskusta18 pic.twitter.com/OY73F5TnQR— Juha Sipilä (@juhasipila) June 9, 2018
During the event, Keskusta also adopted a new party programme, renewed its internal rules and discussed the preparations for the 2018 provincial elections and the 2019 Finnish parliamentary elections and the European elections.
The ALDE Party was also present a the conference with a stand explaining the work of European Liberals and Democrats and encouraging participants to become ALDE Party Individual Members. We would like to welcome the several new individual members who joined us during the event. If you are not an individual member yet, you can still join today here!
Want to read more about the event? Take a look at this summary of highlights in Finnish.
Keskustan 77. puoluekokous on päättynyt! Kiitos teille kaikille 4 000 ihmiselle, jotka tulitte kanssamme Sotkamoon! Kahden vuoden päästä nähdään Vantaalla. Nyt lippumarssille! #keskusta18 pic.twitter.com/wOWBShICF6— Suomen Keskusta (@keskusta) June 10, 2018