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The Government approved presenting the Defence Policy Report to Parliament

Ministry of Defence 16.2.2017 13.20 | Published in English on 16.2.2017 at 13.30
Press release

The Government's Defence Policy Report to Parliament was adopted in a Government plenary session on Thursday 16 February 2017.

The Report defines defence policy guidelines for maintaining, developing and using Finland's defence capabilities. Through implementing the Defence Policy Report Finland secures its defence capabilities in a changing security situation, creates preconditions for maintaining a credible defence system that covers the entire territory and outlines the implementation of strategic performance projects. It will also improve the readiness of the Defence Forces and steer both the deepening of defence cooperation and development of national legislation. The timeline extends into the mid-2020s.

The Defence Policy Report was drawn up, for the first time, as a separate report. It follows the report by a parliamentary working group (the Parliamentary Office Publication 3/2014) and the Government Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy (Prime Minister's Office Publication 7/2016). The Defence Policy Report has been prepared through broad-based cross-sectoral cooperation and also a parliamentary monitoring group was consulted.

The full text of the Report is available on the website of the Ministry of Defence at

Finnish: www.defmin.fi/selonteko2017

Swedish: www.defmin.fi/redogorelse2017

English: www.defmin.fi/report2017

Inquiries: Director General Janne Kuusela, the Defence Policy Department, tel. +358 295 140120.

Requests for comment by Minister Niinistö: Special Adviser Petteri Leino, tel. +358 295 140104