President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed Ukraine situation

On Friday 28 November, the President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine. Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine and it has escalated.

With regard to efforts to resolve the crisis, Finland is of the opinion that all parties must adhere to the Minsk negotiation process. Russia is to withdraw its troops and military equipment from Ukraine and stop support to separatists whereas Ukraine must commit itself to a constructive national dialogue.



Minister Toivakka and French State Secretary for European Affairs Désir discuss EU investments plan

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will meet the French State Secretary for European Affairs Harlem Désir in Helsinki on 28 November. They will discuss the EU's investment plan, which was published on Wednesday, the situation in Ukraine and other key EU issues.



Prime Minister Stubb met ECB President Draghi

On Thursday 27 November, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb had a meeting with President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi. The meeting focused on the European economy, investments and employment. Prime Minister Stubb and President Draghi discussed Commission's Investment Plan for Europe, development of the Economic and Monetary Union and the banking union.



State owner outlines the future of Arctia Shipping

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy has outlined the future of the wholly state-owned company Arctia Shipping Ltd. From the owners point of view, competitiveness in the business sector must be increased and Arctia Shipping must be in a position to meet the situation.

All Arctia Shipping's vessels must be replaced by 2029. The total investment will amount to an estimated EUR 1 billion.