President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine
On Sunday 2 March 2014, the President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine.
Finland is of the opinion that the current situation in Ukraine, especially in the Crimean peninsula, is very severe. Use of force and threat thereof are to be condemned. They are in breach of the UN Charter and international law. Russia's millitary measures in Crimea are a violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Russia's move to gain control over the Crimean peninsula cannot be accepted.
Minister Stubb: Britain is needed in the EU
Today 5 March, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb delivered a speech at the London School of Economics on the ongoing EU debate in Britain. According to Stubb, Britain is of essential significance to the EU and the country evidently benefits from the membership.
- Britain exerts influence in a number of ways – the single market, free trade, competitiveness, fiscal discipline, enlargement and external relations, to mention a few. The EU needs Britain and Britain needs the EU, Stubb says.
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.