Cabinet Committees of Alexander Stubb's Government

The Government has four statutory cabinet committees chaired by the Prime Minister.

 

Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy

 

The Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy usually meets on Fridays, after the presidential session. The Committee is convened by the Prime Minister.  Over the past years, the time allotted for the Committee meetings has been taken up by the joint meetings of the President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy

 

The Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy is chaired by the Prime Minister. Its other members are the Minister for Foreign Affairs, any other minister designated to consider matters falling within the mandate of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defence and a maximum of four other ministers designated by the Government. When the matter in hand relates to his or her responsibilities, meetings of the Committee are attended by the Minister of the Interior; on the same basis, any other minister may also attend and participate in the Committee’s proceedings.

 

Important aspects of foreign and security policy and other matters concerning Finland’s relations with other states, as well as important matters concerning internal security and overall national defence, are prepared by the Committee.

 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs serves as the Committee’s secretariat.

 

Minutes of this Committee’s meetings are secret. Meetings are attended by the Director of Government Communications who, in line with the Prime Minister's directions, is responsible for the dissemination of information on decisions taken.

 

Meetings between the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy and the President of the Republic

 

Finland’s foreign policy is directed by the President of the Republic, in co-operation with the Government. The Government is responsible for national-level preparatory and procedural work on decisions to be made within the European Union and decides on the associated measures in Finland, unless the decision requires approval by Parliament.

 

The meeting may be convened by the President or the Prime Minister. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs serves as the meeting’s secretariat.

 

Composition

 

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Chairperson

Minister of Finance Antti Rinne

Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka

Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen

Minister of Defence Carl Haglund

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto

 


 

Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs  

    

 

The Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs usually meets at 8.00 on Friday mornings. The committee is chaired by the Prime Minister. Its membership includes the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice, the Minister designated to consider matters relating to Foreign Trade, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and three other ministers. Two of the last-mentioned are designated by the Government, while the third is the minister within whose mandate the matter in hand falls. When necessary, the Government may appoint yet two other ministers as Committee members.

 

Each matter is presented to the Committee by the minister within whose mandate the matter falls.

 

When the Prime Minister or the minister within whose mandate the matter in hand falls so decide, the Committee sees to preparatory work on matters decided in the European Union. The Committee also handles all other matters considered necessary.

 

The Government EU Affairs Department at the Prime Minister's Office serves as secretariat to the Committee. Minutes are kept of committee meetings. These minutes are immediately public in so far as the matters dealt with are not referred to the Government for its consideration, and are not classified as secret.

 

Head of Communications for EU Affairs from the Government Communications Department attends meetings of the Cabinet Committee on European Union Affairs and, in line with the Prime Minister's directions, is responsible for the dissemination of information on decisions taken.

 

Composition

 

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Chairperson

Minister of Finance Antti Rinne

Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson

Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen

Minister of Education and Communications Krista Kiuru

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Petteri Orpo

Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori

Minister of Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen

 


 

Cabinet Finance Committee

 

The Cabinet Finance Committee usually meets at 12.00 on Wednesdays in the Government session hall. The Cabinet Finance Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister. Other members include the Minister of Finance, other ministers at the Ministry of Finance, a maximum of six other ministers designated by the Government and any minister within whose mandate the matter in hand falls.

 

 

 The quorum of the Cabinet Finance Committee is three. One of the members present must be from the Ministry of Finance.

 

 The duty of the Cabinet Finance Committee is to exercise advance financial control. The Committee also handles preliminary preparatory work on matters of considerable economic moment, or that otherwise require the opinion of the Committee. As in government plenary sessions, discussions follow an agenda drawn up within the ministries.

 

A government plenary session may reject an opinion issued by the Cabinet Finance Committee. If a ministry intends to take a decision conflicting with the opinion of the Committee, the matter must be presented for consideration by a government plenary session.

 

Each matter is presented by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance who serves as the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, or his or her substitute. The State Secretary also presents matters at the meeting.

 

Composition

 

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Chairperson

Minister of Finance Antti Rinne

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto

Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen

Minister of Defence Carl Haglund

Minister of Transport and Local Government Paula Risikko

Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori

Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen

Minister of Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen

Minister of Culture and Housing Pia Viitanen

 


 

Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy

 

Meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy are usually held on Tuesday mornings. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy is chaired by the Prime Minister. Other members include the Minister of Finance, another minister from the Ministry of Finance, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Labour and a maximum of four other ministers designated by the Government.

 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy handles matters related to overall economic development and economic policy, guidelines for the development of general government finances and other economic policy issues as decided by the Prime Minister.

 

The Director-General of the Ministry of Finance's Budget Department acts as secretary at meetings of the Committee. The Ministry of Finance serves as the Committee’s secretariat.

 

The Director of Government Communications attends meetings of the Committee. Press releases and any other matter related to communications are discussed and agreed on by the Prime Minister and the minister responsible for the matter discussed by the Committee.

 

Composition

 

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Chairperson

Minister of Finance Antti Rinne

Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen

Minister of Defence Carl Haglund

Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori

Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen

Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö