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 Jyrki Katainen

VP Katainen is overseeing the Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness portfolio, including the mobilisation of €300 billion in additional public and private investment in the EU over the next three years.

Mr Jyrki Katainen was in Singapore to introduce the EU Investment Plan and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). EFSI supports strategic investments in key areas such as infrastructure and innovation, as well as risk finance for small businesses (SMEs). The European Commission Vice President was in Singapore to discuss the structure and functioning of EFSI and the participation of private sector entities as investors in project co-financing.

He has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Tampere, Finland. He was Finland Minister for Finance from 2007 to 2011 and Prime Minister from 2011 to 2014. He took over as European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro in the outgoing Commission on 16 July 2014.

The event was an opportunity for business executives and EU representatives to discuss the upcoming investment opportunities in Europe.

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