Foreign and security policy as well as Arctic cooperation the topics of the superweek of Nordic cooperation

The 66th Session of the Nordic Council and the associated ministerial meetings will take place in Stockholm on 27-30 October. The Government of Finland will be represented by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade and Nordic Cooperation Lenita Toivakka, Minister of Culture and Housing Piia Viitanen and Minister of the Environment Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

The Session of the Nordic Council is the largest Nordic forum of the year, bringing together Nordic parliamentarians, prime ministers, opposition leaders and sector ministers. Intergovernmental cooperation is chaired this year by Iceland. Finland will hold the chairmanship in 2016.



Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted additional funding for the fight against Ebola

Development Minister Sirpa Paatero has today signed a pledge of EUR 7.1 million in support for the UN Ebola Trust Fund through which UN agencies, led by WHO, are fighting against the spread of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

"The Ebola epidemic paralyzes the functioning of entire societies in West Africa. Finland has now significantly increased its input to measures against Ebola. The Finnish Government has a serious attitude concerning the epidemic. The Government monitors the situation closely and is prepared to react quickly if the need for additional funding arises," Development Minister Paatero stressed when signing the funding decision.



State to stake out Arctia Shipping's future business activities

The Government will appoint a working group to prepare a proposal for presentation to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy regarding the development of Arctia Shipping Ltd's business operations.

Chaired by Director General Eero Heliövaara, the working group is due to submit its proposal for action by the end of the year. Special attention in the proposal will be paid to the cost-efficiency of ice-breaking operations, assurance of the supply of and access to vital resources, and risk management.



Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Toivakka to take a Team Finland trip to Paris

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will visit Paris on a Team Finland trip on 22 October. Toivakka will participate in the international SIAL Food Exhibition, where Finland has is own Food from Finland pavilion.

The Finnish national pavilion is part of the Team Finland programme launched for the food sector in September and features eight Finnish food industry enterprises. Minister Toivakka will also visit other Finnish stands at the exhibition.