Ministerial Working Groups of Marin's Government

The government plenary session of 10 December 2019 appointed six ministerial working groups and 14 January 2021 a ministerial working group on sustainable growth in Finland. The Ministerial working group on developing the digital transformation, the data economy and public administration was appointed 2 September 2021.

Ministerial working groups can be entrusted with the preparatory work on certain matters or sets of related matters.

Ministerial Working Group on Promoting Employment

The Ministerial Working Group on Promoting Employment guides and directs the implementation of the Government Programme in the following areas: employment promotion, labour market issues, and employment legislation.

Composition

Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen, Chair
Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen
Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Education Li Andersson
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist

General Secretary: Labour Market Counsellor Kimmo Ruth, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy

The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy guides and directs the implementation of the Government Programme in the following areas: goal of carbon neutrality, strengthening of carbon sinks, and decision-making on climate and energy policy. Important aspects to be taken into account include social justice and global competitiveness.

Composition

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen, Chair
Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka 
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen 
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist

General Secretary: Senior Environmental Adviser Jarmo Muurman, Ministry of the Environment

Ministerial Working Group on Health and Social Services

The Ministerial Working Group on Health and Social Services is responsible for guiding and directing the implementation of the healthcare, social welfare and rescue services reform and the development of services in line with the Government Programme (in section 3.6.1). It also deals with projects related to the restructuring of healthcare, social welfare and rescue services that fall within the mandate of the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, along with other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministerial working group also deals with issues related to the new duties of the wellbeing services counties, their funding and their right to levy taxes. With regard to the sustainability roadmap, the tasks of the working group are related to achieving the roadmap’s targets for the cost-effectiveness of health and social services and their funding system and, where applicable, to achieving the roadmap’s social sustainability goals.

Composition

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, Chair (other matters)
Minister of Local Government Sirpa Paatero, Chair (in matters concerning the new tasks of the wellbeing services counties (excluding their health and social services tasks), their taxation rights and the related changes in financing)
Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko 
Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen 
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist 
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen 

General Secretary (organisation and provision of health and social services):  
Director General Kari Hakari, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
General Secretary (financial matters and structure of self-government):
Ministerial Adviser Noora Heinonen, (deputy: Senior Ministerial Adviser Ville-Veikko Ahonen), Ministry of Finance 

Ministerial Working Group on Competence, Education, Culture and Innovation

The Ministerial Working Group on Competence, Education, Culture and Innovation guides and directs the implementation of the Government Programme in the following areas: raising the level of education and competence, reducing differences in learning outcomes, and increasing equality in education.

Composition

Minister of Education Li Andersson, Chair
Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen
Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä
Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen 
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson

General Secretary: Ministerial Adviser Iiris Patosalmi, Ministry of Education and Culture

Ministerial Working Group on Child and Youth Policy

The Ministerial Working Group on Child and Youth Policy guides and directs the implementation of the Government Programme in the implementation of the child and youth policy goals.

Composition

Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen, Chair
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen

General Secretary: Project Manager Katja Bergbacka, Ministry of Education and Culture

Ministerial Working Group on Internal Security and Strengthening the Rule of Law

The Ministerial Working Group on Internal Security and Strengthening the Rule of Law discusses matters relating to the development of judicial administration, prevention of exclusion, prevention of over-indebtedness, and realisation of fundamental rights.  It also discusses matters of internal security and asylum and refugee policy.

Composition

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Chair
Minister of Local Government Sirpa Paatero
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen
Minister of Education Li Andersson

General Secretary: Head of Unit Vava Lunabba, Ministry of Justice

Ministerial Working Group on Sustainable Growth in Finland

The Ministerial Working Group on Sustainable Growth in Finland's task is to oversee the preparation of the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland and the related national recovery and rehabilitation plan financed through the EU recovery instrument, and to guide and monitor their implementation. The ministerial working group will also discuss reforms and investments related to the programme, and will address business and entrepreneurship policy issues when necessary.

Composition

Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko, Chair  
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of Education Li Andersson
Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.

General Secretary: Permanent State Secretary Juha Majanen, Ministry of Finance

Ministerial working group on developing the digital transformation, the data economy and public administration 

The ministerial working group guides and directs the development of public administration, the digital transformation, the data economy and information policy.

Composition

Minister of Local Government Sirpa Paatero (public administration matters), Chair
Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka, until the end of March 2022 (other matters), Chair
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, from the beginning of April until the end of September 2022 (other matters), Chair
After this, Minister Paatero will serve as Chair in all matters for the remainder of the term.
Minister of Finance Annika Saarikko
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen

General Secretaries (Division for the Digital Transformation and the Data Economy): 
Director General Laura Eiro, Ministry of Transport and Communications
Director General Jarkko Levasma, Ministry of Finance
Director Mika Nordman, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
General Secretary (Division for the Development of Public Administration):
Permanent Under-Secretary Päivi Nerg, Ministry of Finance