The EU Energy Ministers will convene in Brussels on 27 February 2017. They will have an exchange of views on the Commission’s Clean energy package. The Council will also be informed by the Commission on the second report on the state of the Energy Union and by the Maltese Presidency on the state of negotiations concerning the security of gas supply regulation and the energy labelling regulation. Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä will represent Finland at the meeting.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Beijing on 26 February–1 March. This is Foreign Minister Soini’s first visit to China. The visit will be hosted by Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi. The programme will include meetings with representatives of the administration and various think tanks.
Finland has every opportunity to serve as a model country in climate and energy policy, says Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen. Making use of the available and new solutions will also boost investments and employment.
In Finland this balance can be reached sooner, in 2045 at the latest. This is when our forests would sequester all the fossil emissions generated in Finland. In the international context this would place Finland among the highly ambitious countries. Of the other countries Sweden, for example, has set similar targets.
— Minister Tiilikainen
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Péter Szijjártó will visit Finland and meet Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Helsinki on 22 February. The Ministers will discuss topical EU questions, the bilateral relations between their countries, Russia and Ukraine, the transatlantic relations, and also matters related to the Finno-Ugric communities.
Recording of the press conference (Periscope)
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.