Minister Tuomioja in Brussels: Global change requires clear priorities in European foreign policy
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja spoke about the future of the European Union’s foreign policy, the European External Action Service and diplomacy at the event “Policy Dialogue – Shaping the EU system of diplomacy: the European External Action Service and the future of foreign policy”, organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Brussels on 11 March.
Prime Minister Katainen met President Van Rompuy in Brussels
During his informal visit to Brussels on 16 January, Prime Minister Katainen met President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe.
Prime Minister Katainen: EU moves forward in a positive spirit
On 13–14 December, the meeting of EU Heads of State or Government discussed the guidelines for the development of the Economic and Monetary Union to safeguard economic growth, wellbeing and stability in Europe. Economic policies in the Member States must be geared towards sustainability and disciplinity with the intention of enhancing competitiveness and boosting employment.
EU foreign ministers discussed Russia, Middle East, Syria, Western Balkans and the transatlantic relations
The EU Foreign Affairs Council convened in Brussels on 10 December. The topics of discussion at the meeting include Russia, the Middle East peace process, Western Balkans, EU’s southern neighbourhood and EU-US relations. Finland was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja. See Minister Erkki Tuomioja’s comments after the meeting.
EU countries to continue negotiations on multiannual financial framework
On 22–23 November, the EU leaders convened in Brussels for an extraordinary European Council to negotiate on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014–2020. Today, on 23 November, the leaders discussed the second proposal put forward by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Work on the MFF will continue and the aim is to reach agreement early next year.
Negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework have entered their final phase
Negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF, the EU budget for the years 2014–20) have now entered their final phase. The EU Heads of State or Government are to reach agreement on the framework at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 22-23 November. The Cabinet Committee on EU Affairs outlined Finland's key objectives in the negotiations.
All languages are important in the EU – especially one’s own
Following the conclusion of its membership negotiations, Finland began to participate in the working parties of the Council of Ministers in spring 1994. At first we had observer status and were not entitled to speak, but following the signature of the Treaty of Accession in Corfu in June of that year, we acquired speaking rights.
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