Prime Minister Stubb: We respect the Greek election result and expect Greece to respect its earlier commitments
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb congratulates the Greek Syriza party for its clear victory in the parliamentary elections.
"The result of a democratic election must be respected. I hope that Greece will have a new Government soon. Uncertainty is always the worst option," Prime Minister Stubb says.
President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed crisis management
On Monday 26 January, the meeting of the President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed further work with regard to the report by a working group examining the need for legislative changes due to crisis management and other forms of international cooperation. The Committee outlined that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will appoint an intersectoral working group for the preparation of a separate statute based on the report submitted on 4.11.2014.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met his Serbian colleague, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić at the Prime Minister's Official Residence on Monday 26 January. The meeting focused on topical EU issues, Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship, the Russia-Ukraine situation, the Western Balkans and bilateral relations between Finland and Serbia.
Statement by the President of the Republic and the Government of Finland regarding the Situation in Ukraine
Finland is deeply concerned about the escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and strongly condemns the attacks against the civilian population of the city of Mariupol that killed and injured several people on 24 January 2015.
Finland calls upon the parties of the conflict to immediately de-escalate the situation and to observe the Minsk ceasefire agreement. Russia must, according to its international commitments, use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop military action.
On 21-23 January, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb attended the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. This year the forum focused on stability and growth, cooperation in crisis situations, the global security situation and industrial innovations.
On Thursday 22 January, the Government adopted a decision on the allocation of party subsidies for the period of 1.1.–30.4.2015. Due to the parliamentary elections to be held in April 2015, party subsidies will be granted for four months only and total EUR 10,666,667, including appropriations to the Åland Islands.
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.
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