Net contributors on the EU's multiannual financial framework: towards better and more qualified use of funding
On Tuesday 24 April, seven of the EU's net contributor countries reached agreement on qualitative ways to develop the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) in Luxembourg. On the same day, the EU General Affairs Council convened to discuss the proposal for a new MFF, that is the Union budget, for 2014–2020. The negotiations are likely to stretch until the end of the year.
Informal Lapland meeting on economic affairs in Saariselkä
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb will host a high-level informal meeting in Saariselkä, Finland, on 23-25 March. The Lapland retreat meeting will discuss shifts in the global economy and ways to resolve the economic crisis in Europe.
EEU Heads of State or Government agreed on the European Stability Mechanism (EMS) and Treaty on stability, coordination and governance in the Economic and Monetary Union
The heads of state or government of the EU member states discussed in their informal meeting on 30 January measures to enhance economic growth and competitiveness. They also finalised the Treaty on stability, coordination and governance in the Economic and Monetary Union and the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Finland was represented by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen.
Common Security and Defence Policy took a step forward
At their meeting on Thursday, the EU Foreign Ministers reached agreement on progress towards a more efficient Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Britain abandoned its previous opposing stand, and the Foreign Ministers were able to endorse conclusions on the CSDP. “The solution wasn’t found yesterday evening, or last night, but in the morning we reached agreement,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja to Finnish correspondents in Brussels.
Minister Stubb in Bruges: AAA-rated euro countries constitute Europe's core
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb gave a speech at the College of Europe in Bruges today, on 17 November. In his speech, Minister Stubb focused on the future of the European Union and the euro area.
Iran and Syria the main topics at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting
According to Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme have increased with the IAEA report. Any ideas about a potential unilateral military strike against Iran are inacceptable. “The consequences of a military strike could be regionally and globally destructive,” Tuomioja underscored at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday 14 November.
Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen: Too early to make a decision on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area
The EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council discussed on 22 September the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. In practice, the accession would mean that internal border checks be lifted at the borders between Bulgaria and Romania and the other EU countries. ‘Finland considers that it is yet too early to make a decision on the accession of these two states to the Schengen area,’ said Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen at the JHA meeting.
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