Foreign Ministry's press releases
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini to host foreign ministerial meeting of Finnish, German, Swedish and Danish counterparts in Helsinki
Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, and State Secretary for Foreign Policy of Denmark Jonas Bering Liisberg will have a meeting in Helsinki on Tuesday 19 March.
Conference in Brussels to solve humanitarian crisis in Syria
Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen will represent Finland at the international conference on Syria in Brussels on 14 March. The objective of the ”Supporting the future of Syria and the region” conference, organised by the EU and the United Nations, is to support the UN-led political process and to agree about further measures to help those affected by the crisis.
According to the Chancellor of Justice, Foreign Ministry can continue processing pending appointments
A number of ambassadorial appointments to be made during the regular annual round of appointments are under preparation in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. On Monday 11 March, the Ministry consulted Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti to clarify the situation. According to the Chancellor of Justice, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs can continue processing of the pending appointments during the caretaker government's term of office.
Evaluation: Closer coordination of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance required in refugee situations
Finland's policy coherence in different subareas should be strengthened and there should be closer coordination of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. The evaluation commends Finland's work to improve the situation of people with disabilities in refugee conditions.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini: Africa should be considered an opportunity and an equal partner
In his address to the personnel of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Development Policy on 7 March, Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini said that Europe should now adopt a new approach in its policy on Africa. Minister Soini's speech was held by Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen.
From icebreakers to basic income – international media showed great interest in Finland in 2018
Every year the Communications Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organises tens of visits for foreign media and decision-makers. The visits are part of the long-term work on communications and Finland’s country image. They help to strengthen Finland’s political, economic and cultural impact, promote trade and economic relations, and brighten our country image. Visits are organised in close cooperation with other promotion organisations. Key partners include Finnfacts and the City of Helsinki.
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