Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will attend the special European Council on 29 April in Brussels. The special European Council, in an EU 27 format, will adopt the guidelines for the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. In the negotiation on the Brexit agreement the priority objective for Finland is to preserve the Finnish interests and make sure that the Union of 27 continues to act as one.
The informal meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) will be held in Valletta on 28 April. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. The topics on the meeting’s agenda will include Turkey, the implementation of the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy, working methods of the EU Foreign Affairs Council as well as globalisation and the rules-based international order.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Finland on 4 May at the invitation of Foreign Minister Timo Soini. The topics of the Ministers’ bilateral discussions will include the situation in Ukraine, Syria and the Korean peninsula, security in the Baltic Sea region and other topical international questions. Additionally, the Ministers will discuss bilateral matters between Finland and Russia and regional questions, including Arctic cooperation.
In its interim review Juha Sipilä’s Government has assessed the implementation of the Government Programme and additional measures necessary to achieve its goals. The Government also assessed reform needs that extend beyond the parliamentary term, in accordance with the long-term vision of the Programme. The focus of the Government’s economic policy continues to be on competitiveness, employment and reform of services.
echnological development and digitalisation are the most significant factors transforming the transport and communications operating environment. Finland has the opportunity to become a pioneer in the swift adoption and application of new, globally created technology solutions. The rapporteurs' report Liikenne- ja viestintäarkkitehtuuri 2030 ja 2050 (Transport and Communications Architecture in 2030 and 2050) states that success will require the effective utilisation of the combined transport and communications ecosystem.
In 2017, Finland will have been an independent state for a hundred years. The main theme of the centenary celebrations is Together.
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.