The EU Foreign Affairs Council will convene in Luxembourg on 20 April. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja. The topics on the Foreign Affairs Council agenda are Latin America, Libya and the review of the European Security Strategy. In addition, the meeting will discuss Iran's nuclear programme and the situation in Yemen. Foreign Minister Tuomioja will also participate in the meeting of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries at foreign ministerial level, convening on the same day.
"We are happy to see that the Turku shipyard is developing so positively. Our engagement was an investment in Finnish strengths - the shipyard and the strong maritime cluster. It is good to see that Meyer is sharing our confidence and further invests in the Turku shipyard. This benefits not only the yard but also the maritime cluster and Finland at large", says Jan Vapaavuori, the Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs.
The Prime Minister of Estonia's new Government, Taavi Rõivas visited Helsinki on Tuesday 14 April and had a meeting with Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. The Prime Ministers discussed the excellent relations between the two countries, economic issues and the situation in Ukraine and Russia.
"In the current security situation it is good that the Baltic States are members of both the EU and NATO. This promotes stability in the Baltic Sea area", Prime Minister Stubb said.
President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee discussed Ukraine and Finland's participation in the EU battle group’s standby period
The President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine at their meeting on 9 April 2015.
The situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense. Finland stresses the responsibility of the parties to the conflict in implementing the Minsk agreements. Ceasefire violations cause danger especially to the civilian population in the area. Finland supports strengthening of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and has offered new candidates for the mission.
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.