Further preparatory work and communications
Further preparations of the programme are being carried out in working groups consisting of experts from the ministries. The preparatory work is coordinated by a steering group led by State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Martti Hetemäki. Other members are State Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Erkki Virtanen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Anita Lehikoinen, and Director General Jukka Pekkarinen of the Ministry of Finance. Senior Financial Adviser Mikko Spolander of the Ministry of Finance serves as the group's secretary.
The steering group is to see to that the Government will have discussed all measures specified in the structural reform programme and decided on their implementation by the end of November 2013. The steering group is to provide the Government with an assessment on the overall impacts of the outlined measures at the end of November. It will also report on steps taken to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy chaired by the Prime Minister.
Some decisions will be made as soon as possible before the end of November, for example, hand in hand with the supplementary budget proposal.
The reform involves nearly all ministries. In the structural reform programme, the ministry bearing the main responsibility is mentioned first in conjunction with each policy measure. The ministries' websites will provide information on discussion sessions and decisions relating to the preparations carried out in their administrative branches.
The Government Communications Department coordinates communications relating to the structural reform programme.