Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine

On Thursday 30 October 2014, the President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine following the parliamentary elections held in Ukraine on 26 October. Finland considers Ukraine¿s parliamentary elections to be an important step for the country's democracy. The election result gives Ukraine an opportunity to continue on its self-chosen path.

The Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed dual nationality and outlined that positions and duties critical to national security where dual nationality might give rise to a conflict of loyalty will be identified.



Finland to send protective equipment to Ebola-affected countries

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will have 325,000 protective masks delivered to Ebola-affected countries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The masks are provided by the National Emergency Supply Agency.

The protective masks, which have been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are due to arrive in the Netherlands early next week. They are intended for use by local health staff and international humanitarian workers in Ebola-affected countries.



Changes in Finland's network of diplomatic missions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is making changes to Finland¿s network of diplomatic missions as part of the central government¿s savings. The changes arise from decisions to cut the Ministry¿s appropriations for operating expenses.

The embassies of Finland in Luxembourg, Bratislava (Slovakia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) will be closed by the end of 2015. After the closing of the embassies, Finland will adopt new arrangements to manage bilateral relations and advocacy in these countries.



Human rights report emphasizes long-term measures to promote equality

The Government today approved the Human Rights Report for submission to Parliament. The report assesses both international human rights activities and the implementation of fundamental and human rights in Finland. Its predecessor, the Government Report on the Human Rights Policy of Finland, was submitted to Parliament in 2009.

The report emphasizes long-term measures to promote equality. In addition, important principles and departure points in the Government¿s activities are to ensure the coverage and universality of human rights as well as strong participation rights for civil society.