Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis visits Finland on 26 May. During his visit the Vice-President will meet with Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Juha Rehula. The topics of discussions will be the economic situation and structural reforms in the EU and Finland. In the Commission, Dombrovskis is responsible for the euro and social dialogue.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka will participate in the annual Nordic–African Foreign Ministers Meeting in Oslo on 26–27 May. The meeting will focus on security questions. In addition, the Ministers will discuss the objectives of sustainable development and approaches to the prevention of terrorism and radicalisation. In its keynote address, Finland will deal with migration.
"The number of displaced persons now totals over 60 million worldwide. Uncontrolled migration is not in anyone's interest. It is important to remember that many African countries accept more refugees than European countries do," says Minister Toivakka.
The Telecoms Ministers of the European Union will meet in Brussels on 26 May. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Ms Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications.
Minister Berner will also attend a lunch meeting of the Telecoms and Competitiveness Ministers to discuss the Digital Single Market strategy. Finland, together with 13 other Member States, has sent a letter to the European Commission and the Netherlands, the Presidency. The Member States are urging for a high level of ambition and a positive approach to digital technologies and business models.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö is to visit Sweden on 24 - 25 May. His visit will be hosted by the Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist.
The ministers will discuss current themes in bilateral defence cooperation and the security policy situation in the neighbouring area.
The first-ever international humanitarian aid summit, led by the UN, will be held on 23 and 24 May in Istanbul. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Mäntylä will attend the meeting.
The initiative for the World Humanitarian Summit came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The need for humanitarian aid is greater than ever before and the international community is unable to respond to these needs.
The global humanitarian situation cannot stay this way. We need closer international cooperation and stronger political intention to improve the situation. Finland wants to join in furthering such a change.
— Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
A thematic webpage on migration that shows for example the ministries’ press releases on migration.
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.