New Head of Mission to the Mission of Finland to NATO and a new COPS representative
At the presidential session on Friday 24 April, the President of the Republic decided to appoint Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Piritta Asunmaa to serve as Head of the Mission of Finland to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels from 1 September 2015.
European Council agreed on ways to reduce migrant victims in the Mediterranean
In its extraordinary meeting on 23 April, the European Council discussed illegal immigration over the Mediterranean and the recent tragic accidents. The Council adopted concrete measures aimed at saving human lives and deterring the activities of human trafficking gangs.
European Council discussed the economic situation in Europe
The European Council stressed the importance of structural reforms, fiscal responsibility and investments in the National Reform Programmes of all Member States. The European Fund for Strategic Investments is a concrete step in speeding up economic growth in Europe. The European Council also underlined the significance of concluding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States by the end of the year.
Group of influential EU figures acquaint themselves with Finnish bioeconomy
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) has invited a number of influential EU figures from Brussels to Finland to learn about the theory and practice of the Finnish bioeconomy. The group of more than 10 people includes top-level civil servants from the various departments of the European Commission, as well as the EU ambassadors of leading bioeconomy countries.
Finland's EU policy priorities: competitiveness, better regulation and Union as a strong global actor
In 2015, Finland's EU policy priorities will include competitiveness to strengthen growth and employment, better regulation and Union as a strong global actor. The Government sets out its most important EU policy objectives each year. The newly appointed EU institutions have recently begun their work and next year will be important in terms of developing interinstitutional relations.
Stubb satisfied with discussions with EU leaders
The European Commission investment plan, streamlining of EU regulation, digital internal market and EU-US free trade negotiations dominated the discussions during Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's visit to Brussels. During his one-day visit, Stubb met European Council President Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commission Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans and Jyrki Katainen.
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