Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke on the phone on Monday 29 June 2015. The discussion held on Finland's initiative was the first between Sipilä and Medvedev.
Prime Minister Sipilä told Prime Minister Medvedev about the Government Programme and objectives of Finland's new government. The Prime Ministers discussed topical matters relating to the bilateral relations between Finland and Russia and the EU-Russia relations.
Today, 29 June 2015, Finland signed the agreement on the founding of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing.
AIIB is an international financial institution whose mission is to support economic development, create wealth, and promote regional cooperation in Asia by investing in infrastructure projects. It operates primarily on a commercial basis.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Kuwait today, claimed to have been carried out by a group affiliated to ISIL.
"I wish to express my condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and to the Government of Kuwait. The international community must do its utmost to counter ISIL, and Finland is part of these efforts."
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä is appalled by the assault in Sousse, Tunisia, and the terrorist homicide in France. Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms. "The events have shocked deeply. Killing is never justified. This is a huge human tragedy," says Prime Minister Sipilä.
Prime Minister Sipilä has offered his condolences on behalf of the Government of Finland to French President François Hollande and will express his condolences to Habib Essid, the Prime Minister of Tunisia.
Today the European Council discussed the development of the digital single market of the EU. Finland considers that the conditions for the growth of the digital economy should be reinforced and obstacles to it should be removed within the single market. Before the summit Prime Minister Sipilä together with eight of his colleagues sent a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk to stress the importance of the digital economy in terms of the competitiveness of Europe.
Euro country leaders exchanged views on Greece at a Euro Summit held on Monday evening, 22 June.
“We had a discussion that clarified the situation and created a basis for further negotiations. A solution with Greece must be reached in the coming days,” stated Prime Minister Juha 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.
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.
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.