Minister Toivakka to visit Strasbourg
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 16 September. On her visit, Minister Toivakka will meet, among others, Secretary-General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade Bernd Lange, Chairman of the Group of the European People’s Party Manfred Weber, Finnish Members of the European Parliament, and particularly Members of Parliament who focus on the activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Economic effects of Russia sanctions and counter sanctions expected to be limited
On Wednesday 27 August, the Government heard expert assessments on Finland's economic situation and on the economic effects of the EU's Russia sanctions and counter sanctions issued by Russia.
The working group assessing the effects of the Russia sanctions estimates that the direct effects on the overall economic activity will be modest for both Russia and its trading partners. Economic growth in Russia has slowed since 2013 for reasons independent of the sanctions which has affected economic growth in Finland, too.
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.