Management and coordination in the Government during the COVID-19 epidemic

Changes have been made to the way management and communications are organised in the Government due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The COVID-19 Coordination Group oversees implementation and cooperation

The joint COVID-19 Coordination Group implements the decisions made by the Government to curb the COVID-19 epidemic. The group also coordinates cooperation between ministries. The group meets at least twice a week.

In addition to the Permanent Secretaries of the ministries, the Coordination Group consists of Director of Government Security Ahti Kurvinen, Director of Government Communications Päivi Anttikoski, Head of Unit Heikki Hovi and Director of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Mika Salminen. It is chaired by Henrik Haapajärvi, State Secretary to the Prime Minister. The coordination group is supported by the ministries’ Heads of Preparedness and Preparedness Secretaries, who are responsible for operational activities and cooperation.

Government Communications Department coordinates COVID-19 communications

The Government Communications Department coordinates COVID-19 communications within the Government and the central government administration in line with the Government Rules of Procedure. The aim is to provide the public and communities with clear and understandable information on the development of the epidemic, the actions taken by the authorities and the dismantling of the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

In order to ensure coordinated and up-to-date communications, ministries, central government agencies and other units must keep the Communications Department informed of their plans and actions related to COVID-19 communications.

The Government Situation Centre monitors the development of the epidemic

The Government Situation Centre, which operates within the Prime Minister’s Office, is responsible for maintaining situational awareness based on information from the authorities. During the epidemic, the main task of the Situation Centre is to monitor the situation with regard to COVID-19.

The Operations Centre provides an overall picture of the Government’s decisions

An Operations Centre has been established under the Prime Minister’s Office. It maintains an overall picture of the progress made in implementing the Government’s decisions. The Operations Centre is led by Head of Unit Heikki Hovi.