European Council decided on 2030 climate and energy policy framework

On Thursday 23 October, the European Council agreed on the European Union¿s climate and energy policy framework. EU leaders endorsed, as a binding target, to reduce the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% from the 1990 level by 2030. In the agreed framework the emission reduction target will play a key role, but at the same time the significance of increasing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency will be emphasised in achieving the target.

"Finland has supported cost-effective, fair and balanced burden-sharing between Member States. The package encourages all Member States to make efforts to reduce emissions. For Europe¿s economic growth and employment, it is important to achieve emission reductions as cost-effectively as possible," says Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.



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.