The EU Foreign Ministers will convene for an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on 29 January. The meeting will discuss the situation in Ukraine in light of recent events. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja.
Minister Paatero calls for cancellation of remuneration increases for Fortum and Neste Oil board members
Minister responsible for State ownership steering Sirpa Paatero demands that state-owned companies scale their board members' remunerations to a level suitable to the economic situation of the society. The remunerations or their increases must not - in this economic situation - be excessive when at the same time ordinary wage-earners are expected to settle for moderate wage settlements and many live in fear of losing their jobs.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met his Serbian colleague, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić at the Prime Minister's Official Residence on Monday 26 January. The meeting focused on topical EU issues, Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship, the Russia-Ukraine situation, the Western Balkans and bilateral relations between Finland and Serbia.
President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed crisis management
On Monday 26 January, the meeting of the President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed further work with regard to the report by a working group examining the need for legislative changes due to crisis management and other forms of international cooperation. The Committee outlined that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will appoint an intersectoral working group for the preparation of a separate statute based on the report submitted on 4.11.2014.
The aim of structural reforms is to eliminate the sustainability gap in general government finances and secure funding for public services and benefits. The Government seeks to boost the employment rate, economic growth and productivity of public service provision.
Finland has a unique system for coordinating EU affairs. It is based on outlines issued by the Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs, effective public servant preparation and coordination, and timely informing and involvement of Parliament.
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.