Ministerial Committees in the Rinne Government

There are four statutory Ministerial committees:
- the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy,
- the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs,
- the Ministerial Finance Committee and
- the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy.

The ministerial committees are chaired by the Prime Minister.
Working of Ministerial Committees

Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy

The Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy prepares important aspects of foreign and security policy and other matters concerning Finland’s relations with other states, associated key internal security matters, and important matters pertaining to comprehensive defence.

In practice, the Committee meets together with the President of the Republic and the meetings are referred to as joint meetings between the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy and the President of the Republic.

Members

Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Chair
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen
Minister of Education Li Andersson 
Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo will take part in processing matters when they are within her mandate or upon the Prime Minister’s request.

Secretary

Under-Secretary of State (Foreign and Security Policy), Ministry for Foreign Affairs Kai Sauer

Permanent experts

Permanent State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Matti Anttonen
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence Jukka Juusti
Director-General, State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office Kare Halonen

Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs

The Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs discusses politically, economically and legally important EU matters. The Ministerial Committee agrees on Finland’s EU policy guidelines for the formal and informal meetings of the Council of the European Union.

Members

Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Chair
Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä
Minister of Education Li Andersson
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä
Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni

Secretary

Director-General, State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office Kare Halonen

Permanent experts

State Secretary Raimo Luoma
Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen
Counsellor for Foreign Affairs, State Under-Secretary for EU Affairs Jari Luoto
Deputy Director General, State Under-Secretary for EU Affairs Jori Arvonen
Counsellor for Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative of Finland to the European Union Marja Rislakki
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Pilvi-Elina Kupias
Ministerial Adviser, Head of Unit Satu Keskinen

Ministerial Finance Committee

The Ministerial Finance Committee prepares matters of notable economic significance or which otherwise require the opinion of the Ministerial Finance Committee.

Members

Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Chair
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä
Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Sirpa Paatero
Minister of Education Li Andersson
Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni

Secretary

Permanent State Secretary Martti Hetemäki
1st deputy Director General, Budget Department Sami Yläoutinen
2nd deputy Deputy Director General, Budget Department 
3rd deputy Senior Ministerial Adviser, Budget Department Niko Ijäs
4th deputy another public official of the Ministry of Finance designated by the Permanent State Secretary

Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy

The Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy handles matters related to overall economic development and economic policy, the main development outlines of the public finances and other issues requiring economic policy measures, as decided by the Prime Minister.

Members

Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Chair
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo
Minister of Finance Mika Lintilä
Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Sirpa Paatero
Minister of Education Li Andersson
Minister of Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni
Minister of Employment Timo Harakka

Secretary

Director General, Budget Department Sami Yläoutinen
1st deputy Deputy Director General, Budget Department 
2nd deputy another public official of the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance designated by the Director General

Permanent experts

Permanent State Secretary Martti Hetemäki
Deputy Director General, Budget Department 
Director General, Economics Department Mikko Spolander