Prime Minister Juha Sipilä participates in the European Council meeting in Brussels on 20–21 October. The main themes of the meeting will be migration, trade policy and external relations.
The first working session of the two-day European Council focused on migration. The EU will further develop its cooperation with countries of origin and transit. Over its working dinner, the European Council held a strategic debate on relations with Russia. On Friday, the European Council discussed trade issues and, in particular, took stock of the situation in the ongoing free trade negotiations with key partners.
On 21 October, the European Commission, Baltic Connector Oy from Finland and Elering AS from Estonia signed an agreement concerning the construction of a transmission gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia. The EU co-financing covers 75 per cent of the total building costs of the pipeline, amounting to EUR 250 million.
We are taking an important step to connect the European gas pipeline networks with each other. The Balticconnector project could not be implemented without this significant input from the EU. The State of Finland is committed to funding the projects by a capital of EUR 30 million.
–Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö will attend a meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels on 27 October 2016. He will take part in the part of the meeting which deals with the cooperation between EU and Nato. In addition to the Nato countries EU and the partnership countries Finland and Sweden take part.
President and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Syria and Finland's NATO Partnership
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen spoke on the phone with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak spoke on the phone on 19 October. Ministers discussed trade and the business environment between Finland and Russia and the work of the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation. The Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation will meet in Moscow in November.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä met the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė in Kesäranta, Helsinki on Tuesday 18 October. On the agenda in the discussions were the development of the EU on the basis of the roadmap agreed in Bratislava and the Brexit process. The discussions will continue at the end of the week in Brussels, where Prime Minister Sipilä and President Grybauskaitė will attend the European Council meeting.
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 Institutional Repository Valto includes the publication series of all Finnish ministries in pdf-format from the beginning of 2016 and some publications that date further back.
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.
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