Prime Minister Alexander Stubb: European policy towards Russia

On Monday 29 September Prime Minister Stubb met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for discussions on the economic situation in Europe, climate and energy issues, and the situation in Ukraine. In Berlin, Prime Minister Stubb also met the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. At the end of his visit to Berlin, Prime Minister Stubb spoke on the EU's Russia policy at a seminar for invited guests arranged by the Körber Foundation.

On Tuesday 30 September Prime Minister Stubb's itinerary continues in Copenhagen where he will meet his colleague, the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.



Minister of Justice Henriksson to visit Washington

The Finnish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson visits Washington from 28 September to 5 October. She will meet with Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder and attend a conference concerning the prevention of child sexual abuse online.

During their meeting, Attorney General Holder and Minister Henriksson will, among other things, discuss the prospective measures that could be taken to adjust the activities of the judicial system to the ever tighter economic situation without compromising the high level of legal protection. On the agenda are also challenges brought by the new technology when it comes to securing the data protection of citizens and combating crime on the Internet.



Minister Toivakka to General Affairs Council

The General Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Monday, 29 September. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka.

The General Affairs Council will make preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 23 and 24 October, the agenda for which includes the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package. The General Affairs Council will also discuss the implementation of the strategic agenda approved by the European Council in June and will then examine and adopt conclusions on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.



Sirpa Paatero and Sanni Grahn-Laasonen appointed as ministers

On 26 October, the President of the Republic appointed MP Sirpa Paatero, Counsellor of Preventive Substance Abuse Work, as Member of Government and assigned her as Minister for International Development at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and responsible for matters under the mandate of the Prime Minister's Office. The President also appointed MP Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Master of Social Sciences, as Member of Government and assigned her as Minister of the Environment.