Cooperation and comprehensiveness in European defence
In December 2013, for the first time since the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, security and defence were brought up for discussion in the European Council. Behind this process were several reasons, including the changing nature of threats and shifts among the global powerbrokers. Additional motivation was provided by the dwindling defence budgets in Europe. Events in 2014 - with the crisis in Ukraine being the most illuminative example - introduced a new sense of urgency.
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.
Prime Ministers Stubb and Cameron met in London
On Wednesday 8 October, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met his British colleague Prime Minister David Cameron in London. The prime ministers discussed their countries' climate and energy policy outlines with a view to the forthcoming European Council, the development of the European Union, the ongoing EU debate in Britain and other key topics of international politics.
Report: Economic effects of Russia sanctions and counter sanctions expected to be limited
Vaikka EU:n ja joidenkin muiden maiden rajoittavilla toimenpiteillä ja Venäjän tuontikiellolla on merkittäviä vaikutuksia eräiden yritysten ja sektoreiden näkymiin, niiden suorat vaikutukset Venäjän ja sen kauppakumppaneiden kokonaistaloudelliseen aktiviteettiin ovat kuitenkin vähäisiä, arvioidaan tänään hallitukselle luovutetussa raportissa.
Prime Minister Stubb: Additional EU sanctions on Russia unavoidable in this situation
Authorised by the European Council, the EU Council's Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has today agreed on new restrictive measures against Russia. The measures relate to the four sectors decided on by the EU Foreign Ministers in their Council meeting last week.
European Council decided on restrictive measures targeting Russia
On Wednesday 16 July, the European Council convened in Brussels to discuss the situation in Ukraine and in the Middle East. The European Council stresses its support for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Ukraine and condemns the illegal activities by armed militants in Eastern Ukraine.
Water Stewards Showcase Innovative Strategies for Water Management
Representatives from environmental organizations, policy and businesses gathered at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union on 3 July 2014 to attend the event Water Stewardship: Local Actions Driving Global Impacts. Water stewardship is increasingly championed by companies seeking an in depth understanding of water use throughout their value chain. The event showcased real world stories from companies on their journey towards water stewardship.
European Council contributes to the work of the new Commission
On Friday 27 June, the European Council outlined its priorities for the forthcoming years in Brussels. In Finland's view, competitiveness which bolsters growth and jobs must be the EU's top priority. Therefore, it will be necessary to open up markets more effectively and more widely, and to ensure the achievement of the four basic freedoms and active trade policies.
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