Current issues


Prime Minister's condolences to families of Finns killed in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has today expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan.

"We are faced with a great tragedy. Now, it is important the we support the bereaved families. Finland requires that a thorough investigation be conducted to bring those guilty to justice. Finland must also reassess the security situation in Afghanistan," Prime Minister Stubb said.



MINTC allocates EUR 4.5 million in environmental aid to vessels

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has allocated EUR 4.5 million in aid for costs related to sulphur scrubbers and the modification of fuel systems on ships. The aid was granted to Finnlines Oyj, Viking Line Abp and NLC Ferry Ab Oy (Wasaline).

In the third round of applications, applications were received from four shipping companies concerning ten vessels. The total amount applied for was EUR 14.5 million.



Prime Minister Stubb spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko

The phone call initiated by Prime Minister Stubb focused on the current situation in Ukraine. Stubb and Poroshenko concluded that the shooting down of the Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday 17 July marked a turning point in the Ukrainian crisis.

"It is imperative to seek for a negotiated solution to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. President Poroshenko and I agreed on that Russia must bear its responsibility to promote a rapid de-escalation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Finland will continue to influence efforts to advance the resolution of the crisis both on the EU level and through bilateral discussions", Prime Minister Stubb said.



Minister Toivakka to General Affairs Council

On Wednesday 23 July, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will attend the General Affairs Council in Brussels. The meeting agenda will include the Italian Presidency Work Programme, a discussion on ways to improve the efficiency of the implementation of European Council conclusions, the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the accession of Lithuania to the Economic and Monetary Union on 1 January 2015.