Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will attend an unofficial meeting of European defence ministers in Luxembourg on 2 to 3 September 2015. The main topic at the defence minister meeting is going to be the follow-up of defence-related matters discussed in the European Council in June and furthering the implementation of decisions taken. In addition, the ministers are going to address current defence policy matters and prepare for the Foreign Affairs Council which will be held on defence minister level in November.
On Monday 31 August, the Government decided on the schedule, measures and funding of its key projects. The Government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä wants to promote change and renewals in five priority areas: employment and competitiveness; knowledge and education; wellbeing and health; bioeconomy and clean solutions; and organisational policies (digitalisation, experiments, deregulation). In addition, the Government will implement the pension reform, the social welfare and health care reform, the reform reducing municipalities' duties and obligations, and the reform of regional and central government.
Minister for Foreign AffairsTimo Soini will participate in the Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers' NB8 meeting in Copenhagen on 2–3 September 2015.
The topics on the agenda will include, among other things, the situation in Ukraine and Russia, security policy issues, topical European questions, the Paris COP21 climate talks, and the situation in the Middle East.
On Monday 24 August Prime Minister Juha Sipilä presented the Government’s plans to tackle the estimated sustainability gap of about 10 billion in the coming years. The Government resumed the discussions on the plans during the past weekend, after the negotiations on the social contract failed on Thursday 20 August.
According to Prime Minister Sipilä, bridging the sustainability gap of 10 billion euros requires savings of four billion and structural reforms amounting to about four billion. The rest of the gap should be covered through better competitiveness, achieved by renewing the working life, moderate wage demands and measures to increase productivity.
It has been decided to terminate the social contract negotiations between the Government and labour market organisations. In the negotiations led by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, on Thursday 20th August, the parties found that there were no grounds for further negotiations.
“I am extremely disappointed and sorry that we did not find a common path forward, particularly when the alternatives to the social contract are not at all easier. A serious effort was made to reach an agreement and no stone was left unturned,” says Prime Minister Sipilä."
The Government Communications Department posted news on the government formation talks and the new Government on the Government website in April and May 2015. The news, photos and materials are available on the Government formation talks 2015 website.
The Handbook for Ministers contains information on the activities of the government, ministers' participation in the work of Parliament, key tools of policy steering and decision-making, and the regulations and principles governing the operations of the government.
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 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.