The negotiations to form a new government are continuing today on Monday in the Government Banquet Hall. Yesterday, the parties to the government formations talks agreed on a EUR 1.6 billion investment package to increase repair activities and promote the strategic flagship initiatives. According to the negotiation steering group, party leaders Juha Sipilä, Timo Soini and Alexander Stubb, the programme will be implemented over the next three years.
Discussions on the composition of the ministries and number of ministers will continue on Monday.
According to Sipilä, all key issues have now been resolved. Information on the outcome will be given at a press conference on Wednesday 27 May. If the schedule holds, the new government will be appointed on Friday 29 May. Sipilä also said on Sunday that in June the new Government will work in an open floor-plan office together with key officials to draw up the Government Action Plan. The ministers will move to their new ministries only after this has been accomplished.
Materials, photos and videos relating to the government formation talks are available at:
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb participated in the Eastern Partnership Summit of the EU to be held on 21-22 May in Riga. Goals of the Eastern Partnership include the promotion of stability and democracy in the EU's eastern neighbourhoods. The partner countries are Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will participate in the opening of the United States' chairmanship of the Arctic Council in Washington, D.C. on Thursday 21 May. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host the launch of the US chairmanship. The member states' foreign ministers and representatives of indigenous peoples have been invited to the event.
Finland will grant an additional one million euros in humanitarian aid to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.
The aid will be channelled via the World Health Organization WHO (EUR 500,000) and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF (EUR 500,00). Finland's total support to the Nepal earthquake victims is more than EUR 3 million and it will be allocated from the humanitarian aid appropriations that make part of Finland's development cooperation funds
News on the government formation talks and formation of a new government will be published on the government website. You will find all news and press releases on this topic on the web page 'Government formation talks 2015'.
The official result of the parliamentary elections is available on the elections website vaalit.fi. More information on the organising of Parliament and the current Members of Parliament is available on the Parliament website.
In January 2015, OHRA – the project to reform the Government’s steering framework – put forward a number of proposals for the following parliamentary term aimed at improving the impact and effectiveness of Government actions.
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.
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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.
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