Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will head a Team Finland visit to India on 12‒14 February 2016. The aim of the official visit is to strengthen relations between Finland and India and promote trade and economic cooperation.
During his visit, Prime Minister Sipilä will meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The meeting will focus on relations between Finland and India as well as key international and regional issues.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will attend the Nato meeting for ministers of defence in Brussels on 10 and 11. February. In connection with this meeting, minister Niinistö will attend a working meeting which is organized for Nato and Enhanced Opportunities Partners (EOP).
In addition to the EOP meeting, minister Niinistö will attend the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (C-ISIL) which convenes on request by the United States. He will also attend the Northern Group working meeting which convenes on request by Latvia.
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 Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka will travel to Oslo on 8–9 February to promote Finland's Arctic expertise and Finland's strengths as a target of investments. The Minister will meet Finnish and Norwegian Arctic actors and big Norwegian companies' leadership.
Minister Toivakka will also have a meeting with Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brenden.
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.
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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.
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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.
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