On Monday 30 March, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Government Banquet Hall.
The key themes of the meeting included the situation in Ukraine and the future of the EU-Russia relations. Topics relating to external relations included also the development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy.
- Photographs of the visit at the Government's Flickr
- 30.3.2015 Wirtschaft, Ukraine und Russland waren die Themen anlässlich des Finnlandbesuchs der deutschen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
- 30.3.2015 Prime Minister Alexander Stubb’s speech at the seminar “European Security and Conflict in Ukraine”
- 30.3.2015 Rede des Ministerpräsidenten Alexander Stubb anlässlich des Seminars "Europas Sicherheit und der Konflikt in der Ukraine"
- 30.3.2015 Webcast: European Security and the Conflict in Ukraine -seminar / interpreted in English
- 30.3.2015 Webcast: Press conference by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
- 20.3.2015 Pressemitteilung auf Deutsch
The Director of The Finnish Institute of International Affairs Teija Tiilikainen has been assigned to a high level group established by the European Commission (Group of Personalities). The group is to produce a vision of the role of European Union in research related Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in 2020s and to guide ongoing preparations regarding the CSDP-related research program. The multinational working group consists of 16 high level delegates.
Funding available for research projects related to analysis, assessment and research activities in support of Government decision making
The Finnish Government invites tenders for funding intended to generate data through analysis, assessment and research to support the Government in its decision making (€ 5.82 million in total). Tenders are accepted from 31 March to 8 May 2015 and decisions on the analysis and research projects to be launched will be made in June 2015.
Tenders are invited from various organisations such as universities, research institutes, companies and entities, or consortia formed by the same, including international organisations.
The first day of the European Council focused on the Energy Union. The European leaders emphasised, in line with Finnish objectives, the importance of all dimensions of the strategy. The mutually reinforcing dimensions are: a fully integrated European energy market, energy security, energy efficiency, low-carbon economy and research.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb discussed Finland’s new security environment in his speech “The security environment in transition – how will Finland respond?”, given at the Paasikivi Society on 24 March.
“The next Government will have two important tasks whose significance is above all the rest. One, restoring the Finnish economy to a growth path. And two, responding to changes in our security environment. The next Government needs a common understanding of the security situation just as badly as it needs that in the economy,” said Prime Minister Stubb.
Parliamentary elections will be held on 19 April 2015. In the elections, 200 Members of Parliament are elected for a four-year term. For the purposes of parliamentary elections, the country has been divided into 13 electoral districts. A number of representatives proportional to the number of Finnish citizens residing in the electoral district six months prior to the elections are elected from each electoral district.
In Finland, the election day is Sunday 19 April 2015, and the advance voting between 8 and 14 April 2015 and abroad between 8 and 11 April 2015. In the elections, 200 Members of Parliament are elected for a four-year term. More information is available on the Elections website of the Ministry of Justice at www.vaalit.fi.
In January 2015, OHRA – the project to reform the Government’s steering framework – put forward a number of proposals for the following parliamentary term aimed at improving the impact and effectiveness of Government actions.
The Government annually adopts a plan for analysis, assessment and research in support of its decision making to steer studies and research towards specific priority areas selected by the Government.
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 24 June 2014, the President of the Republic appointed Finland's 73rd Government, that of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. The Government has 17 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.