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 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.
On 24 March, representatives of the forefront of Finnish corporations, state authorities and some of the most promising startups gathered, on the invitation of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, for a discussion on the potential offered by the Industrial Internet in Finland.
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Konecranes, explained in the meeting that the Industrial Internet is a merger of traditional industries and the ICT industry. If an ecosystem similar to Silicon Valley could be created in Finland, it would mean a vast number of jobs.
Because of the rapidly changing world decision-makers are in constant need of new kind of information. They need tools that make it possible to anticipate changes in the complex and multi-faceted operating environment and develop novel solutions in support of decision making. Decision making must be based on long-term goal setting and extend beyond the government term.
Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will lead a business delegation on a Team Finland trade mission to Mexico from 23 to 24 March in order to promote Finnish maritime industry and ICT and education sector exports in the growing markets of Mexico. Minister Toivakka will move to Mexico from the United States where she is currently on a trade mission with a business delegation to promote Finnish cleantech expertise.
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.
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.