Prime Minister Juha Sipilä participated in the fourth International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in London on 4 February together with around 40 other Heads of State or Government. Prime Minister Sipilä informed that Finland will respond to the needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries by pledging EUR 25 million for the current year.
‘Finland wants to take part in helping the people and society of Syria and its neighbouring countries. Finland will direct its support to areas where we can make a real difference. The focus areas of our support will be education, women, innovations, and ICT,’ Sipilä said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will participate in an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) in Amsterdam on 5-6 February. At this meeting, the ministers will discuss the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, Iran and migration.
On Friday, the EU Foreign and Defence Ministers will have a joint debate on the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.
The requirements for granting international protection under the Aliens Act will be specified. The Government submitted its proposal for amending the Act to Parliament today.
According to the proposal, international protection would only be granted to those fulfilling the requirements laid down in EU and international law. Residence permits would no longer be issued on humanitarian grounds.
Government Report on Development Policy: Finland promotes sustainable economic growth, the status of women and the solving of challenges faced by fragile states
Finland's development policy has been defined in line with current international and national developments. Finland increases its support to the least developed countries (LDCs) and fragile states like Somalia and commits more resources to the sending, transit and receiving countries of forced migration.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä discussed with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the phone on Wednesday 3 February as was agreed when they met in St Petersburg. The discussion concerned follow-up of developments in the matters that were dealt with on Friday.
One of the topics of discussion was collaboration to prevent illegal migration. The Prime Ministers agreed that the handling of the matter will be continued in the next few days, as decided on the phone today, at political and senior official level in the next few days.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will participate in an unofficial defence minister meeting in Amsterdam on 4 to 5 February. The unofficial meeting will particularly address defence cooperation, the action plan for the defence industry adopted by the European Commission and the EU's military crisis management operations.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Washington DC on 1–4 February to discuss international security matters, such as Syria, Afghanistan and terrorism.
Other topics of discussion will be the security situation in Europe, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis and Arctic cooperation. Minister Soini will meet US foreign policy leadership, members of Congress, and representatives of think tanks.
A thematic webpage on migration that shows for example the ministries’ press releases on migration.
With its five strategic priorities in the Government Programme, Sipilä’s Government is taking steps to follow through with essential reforms. The strategic objectives are materialised in the form of 26 key projects.
The term ‘Government’ refers to the Government of Finland which consists of a prime minister and a required number of ministers. It also denotes a decision-making body consisting of the government plenary session and the ministries.
Government in office
On 29 May 2015, the President of the Republic appointed Finland's 74th Government, that of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The Government has 14 ministers.
It is possible to search information on the Finnish Governments, their compositions and Government Programmes throughout Finland’s independence – as of 1917. Information is also available on the Governments' terms of office, on the types of Government and on the political parties within the Government.