Dear colleagues,
Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 2018 EPP Congress in Helsinki.

We will gather together for three very important days. Together we will elect our lead candidate for the next European Elections, to take place on 23-26 May 2019. This will also be the occasion to update our statutes and take common positions on the new challenges facing our continent.

We will also celebrate with our Finnish member party Kokoomus — an excellent partner and host for this event — in commemorating the achievements of the party’s first 100 years.

This is the EPP’s 25th Congress, and we, too, are very proud of our long legacy. Our history is rooted in the very foundations of the European project. As you are all too aware, sadly, that legacy is now under threat from extremist parties, while outside forces to an ever greater extent are trying to tear apart the Europe we have led in creating. These opponents provide no alternative and offer only a return to instability and conflict.

Dear friends, our EPP story is a story of tremendous success. We must be ready to tell this story, to our fellow European citizens, with passion, honesty and emotion. The elections of 2019 will be decisive for the future of the European Union. The EPP’s preparations will gather significant momentum in Helsinki. We hope you can join with us in this essential task.

We very much welcome you to our 25th EPP Congress.


Joseph Daul

Antonio López-Istúriz
Secretary General

Dara Murphy
Campaign Director for the European elections 2019


On behalf of Kokoomus, the National Coalition Party of Finland, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the EPP Congress in Helsinki.

This Congress will be of great political importance. It will also be a historical event as it is the first time for the EPP to host its Congress in the North.

Europe is facing enormous challenges. A lot of the continent’s success will depend on the constellation of the next European parliament and the Commission. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we come together to build trust among our political family; that we decide on our future policies and show our citizens that we have the answers for the Europe of tomorrow.

Kokoomus has been a member of EPP ever since Finland entered the EU in 1995. Kokoomus was the first party that officially advocated Finnish EU membership. We were the most pro-European party and we still are. Last year the Republic of Finland celebrated its 100th anniversary. This year we celebrate 100 years of Kokoomus. We are proud of the opportunity to host our European family at this specific time.

Helsinki in November might not be the sunniest and warmest place in Europe. Nevertheless, you will be most warmly welcomed by the city of Helsinki and us. We are working hard to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki!

Petteri Orpo
President of Kokoomus
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Finland