Prime Minister Stubb met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Prime Minister’s official residence on Thursday 5 March. The meeting focused on future development of the partnership cooperation between Finland and NATO, common points in the security policy agendas of the EU and NATO, and the topical situations in Ukraine and Russia.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will attend the EU Foreign Ministers' Informal Meeting (Gymnich) at Riga from 6 to 7 March. The two-day meeting will focus on Libya, the Ukraine situation and the EU-Russia relations.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will visit Finland on 5 March at the invitation of Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. High Representative Mogherini will have talks with Foreign Minister Tuomioja, and meet President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.
The Government’s ability to collective decision-making and strategic capabilities are prerequisites for Finland’s success
The parliamentary committee assessing the structural and operational unity of the Government (KEHU Committee) delivered its report to Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and Minister for Transport and Local Government Paula Risikko, as representatives of the Government, at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, on Thursday, 5 March 2015.
- Finland has become known as a small and agile country. Our central government also requires reform, flexibility and prioritisation. It is important for us to be able to reform decision-making to make it more unified and at the same time more transparent. Finland needs determined political decision-making and leadership. The committee’s report is a good basis for the reform work,” said Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on receiving the report.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with the Confederation of Finnish Industries organised a discussion event on the preconditions for service business on 5 March 2015. The keynote speakers at the event, entitled “Not only laundering shirts” – The rising importance of services to the Finnish economy, were Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi.
The aim of structural reforms is to eliminate the sustainability gap in general government finances and secure funding for public services and benefits. The Government seeks to boost the employment rate, economic growth and productivity of public service provision.
Finland has a unique system for coordinating EU affairs. It is based on outlines issued by the Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs, effective public servant preparation and coordination, and timely informing and involvement of Parliament.
The Government annually adopts a plan for analysis, assessment and research in support of its decision making to steer studies and research towards specific priority areas selected by the Government.
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 24 June 2014, the President of the Republic appointed Finland's 73rd Government, that of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. The Government has 17 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.