EU to impose extensive sanctions on individuals and targeted sectoral sanctions on 2nd anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine
The EU’s 13th package of sanctions is one of the largest agreed since the launch of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in terms of the number of sanctioned individuals. A total of 194 individuals and entities will be added to the list. They are individuals and companies that support Russian armed forces and individuals who have participated in the forced transfer of Ukrainian children. Export bans will be expanded to goods and technologies that contribute to Russia’s military and technological enhancement. Russian and third country companies that have been found to be involved in the circumvention of sanctions will be added to the list of export bans.
Deal on EU law on combating violence against women and domestic violence
The EU Council and the European Parliament have agreed on a first-ever EU law on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The new law sets minimum rules concerning the definition of specific criminal offences and penalties to address this form of violence. It also sets out rights of victims of all forms of violence against women or domestic violence, and provides for their protection.
Agreement of EU27 on the mid-term revision of the multiannual financial framework and EUR 50 billion support for Ukraine
EU leaders reached an agreement on the mid-term revision of the EU's multiannual financial framework and approved EUR 50 billion for the Ukraine facility in the special European Council meeting on the 1st of February.
Foreign Minister Valtonen to participate in informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels
The EU Foreign Ministers will convene for an informal Gymnich meeting in Brussels on 2–3 February. The Ministers will discuss the relations between the EU and Africa and EU-Türkiye relations. Minister for Foreign Affairs Elina Valtonen will represent Finland at the meeting.
Ambassador to Finland’s Permanent Representation to the EU and non-resident Ambassador to Guatemala
At the presidential session on 26 January, the President of the Republic appointed a new Ambassador to the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union and a non-resident Ambassador to Guatemala.