Prime Minister Stubb: Additional EU sanctions on Russia unavoidable in this situation
Authorised by the European Council, the EU Council's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has agreed on new restrictive measures against Russia on 29 July. The measures relate to the four sectors decided on by the EU Foreign Ministers in their Council meeting last week.
"The crisis in eastern Ukraine has not de-escalated despite our efforts to find a negotiated solution. The situation left the EU countries with no other option than to reinforce the sanctions. In its conclusions at the end of June, the European Council called on Russia to take action to stabilise the situation in Ukraine but Russia has failed to promote positive developments in the area. It is regrettable, that the Union must introduce additional restrictive measures against Russia but it was now inevitable. We will naturally continue active efforts to exert influence both on the EU level and through bilateral discussions to resolve the crisis", Prime Minister Stubb said.
Minister Toivakka to General Affairs Council
On Wednesday 23 July, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will attend the General Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting agenda will include the Italian Presidency Work Programme, a discussion on ways to improve the efficiency of the implementation of European Council conclusions, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the accession of Lithuania to the Economic and Monetary Union on 1 January 2015.
Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs
The Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs meets every week, usually on Fridays, to discuss politically, economically and legally important EU matters. A list of the items on the Cabinet Committee's agenda is made public in the afternoon of the day before the meeting.
Items on the Cabinet Committee's agenda (in Finnish)
Government Report on EU Policy
On 13 June, the Government adopted a report on EU policy which sets out the Government's EU policy objectives and provides the Government's response to questions about the EU's future. Finland is committed to the single currency, strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union and supporting closer integration.