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The Government prepares new report on changes in the current security environment, led by Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Publication date 17.3.2022 14.06 | Published in English on 22.3.2022 at 14.10
Press release

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a fundamental change has taken place in the security and operating environment of Finland and Europe. The Government has launched the preparation of a report assessing the foreign and security policy environment that has changed and the changing operating and security environment as well as their implications for Finland.


 

The report will discuss Finland’s foreign, security and defence policy, but also the economic impacts in the situation that has changed, security of supply, preparedness, border security, cyber security and hybrid influence activities.

The Government has appointed a coordination group to prepare the report, headed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. The coordination group, led by the Foreign Minister, will coordinate the preparation of the various sections of the report concerning matters that fall under the competence of the administrative branches of several ministries. All ministerial groups will be represented in the coordination group. 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto will also lead the Ministry's working group assigned to prepare the foreign, security and defence policy sections of the report. In addition to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Office of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defence are also represented in the working group. The President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy as well as the Ministerial Working Group on Preparedness, Ministerial Working Group on Internal Security and Strengthening the Rule of Law, Ministerial Working Group on the Digital Transformation, the Data Economy and Public Administration will discuss matters within their respective areas of responsibility. 

The government report is due to be submitted to Parliament in early April. Based on the report, Parliament is expected to hold an extensive discussion on foreign and security policy.

Inquiries:

Timo Lankinen, State Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, tel.  +358 295 160 300 

Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 160 983

Joel Linnainmäki, Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 466

Secretariat for the Government Report on Current Affairs: 

Lauri Hirvonen, Counsellor, tel. +358 295 350 063

Salla Sammalkivi, Counsellor, tel. +358 295 350 020

 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ email addresses follow the format [email protected]
 

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