Permanent Secretary Jukka Juusti from the Ministry of Defence signed on 16 February in Brussels a political framework agreement on cyber defence between Finland and Nato. The cooperation with Nato to develop cyber defence capabilities contributes to developing national defence and to achieving the goals of cyber defence in the Defence Forces.
On 15 February, the European Parliament voted clearly in favour of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The provisional application of the Agreement, signed in October, is expected to start during the spring.
In the current situation, the EU is required to show greater leadership and therefore be more active than before to be able to reach trade agreements that benefit business activities and consumers. CETA is an excellent benchmark in this respect.
–Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen
A working group at the Ministry of Education and Culture proposes over 40 new measures to respond to the education needs created by the growth in the number of asylum seekers and immigrants. The final report of the working group was submitted to Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
Prime Minister Sipilä and the President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez met in Helsinki today, on 14 February. Prime Minster Sipilä and President Vázquez noted the strong relations between the two countries. The main topic discussed was the development of economic relations between Finland and Uruguay, especially in the bioeconomy and IT sectors.
On the agenda were also the development of education and bilateral cooperation in this field, as well as regional issues in Latin America.
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.
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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.
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.