Finland in the European Union
Respect for the rule of law throughout the Union, which is also to be reflected in the daily lives of the citizens, is among Finland's key development areas. With the intensifying global competition, increased attention should be placed on measures that strengthen the Member States' potential for growth and competitiveness. At the same time, special importance must be attached to employment and well-being. Other Finnish priorities include efforts to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union, develop a common energy policy, combat climate change, promote the free movement of people, enhance the Union's external actions and foster enlargement.
The Government adopted a report on EU policy in June 2013 which sets out the Government's EU policy objectives and provides the Government's response to questions about the EU's future.
Finland's annually specified key EU policy goals are:
• influencing the programme of the new Commission and promoting regulatory fitness;
• development of the economic and monetary union; and
• improvement of competitiveness, growth and employment.
Finland's key EU policy goals in 2014 (in Finnish only)
Government Programme of Jyrki Katainen
Prime Minister Katainen’s Government Programme was submitted to Parliament on June 2011. According tho the Government Programme the European Union is a natural political community for Finland, the development of which enhances the latter’s stability, prosperity and security. Finland is a participatory and proactive Member State of the European Union.