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Wed, 20 Nov, 2013 12:08:17 AM
FTimes Report, November 20
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The Prime Minister's Office has appointed a board for a project on the centenary of Finland's independence.  
The board is chaired by State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen and its members are Irja Askola, bishop; Manuela Bosco, author and actor; Martti Häikiö, professor; Leif Jakobsson, director; Mikko Kosonen, president; Pekka Lundmark, CEO; Karri Miettinen, musician; Riitta Pihlajaniemi, TV sector manager; Paola Suhonen, designer; Asta Tolonen, municipal manager; and Janne Virkkunen, former editor-in-chief and chairman; according to a press release issued by the Government’s Communications Department on Tuesday.
The board is to prepare a declaration of the centenary programme which will set out the key objectives, principles, themes and activities for the anniversary.
The declaration will provide a framework and guideline for the events and steer the planning of the programme, events, projects and necessary arrangements.
The board will also be responsible for the overall coordination of the centennial year and for the planning of related events and projects. The objective is to come up with engaging, inspiring and inclusive celebrations, said the release.
The centenary board will report its activities to the government, the centenary commission and the senior management of the Prime Minister's Office. 
The commission is chaired by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, with Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen as vice chair.
The commission comprises over 60 people representing various sectors of the society. The commission will decide on the general outline of the centenary celebrations.
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