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.
Finland participates in developing interoperability within border and visa policies to detect multiple identities
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ project on interoperability (the UMPIO project) coordinates the data related to internal security, border security and migration management in the EU information systems for security. The project is part of the development of entry systems funded by the EU.
Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs sets Finland’s EU policy priorities for coming years
In its meeting on 17 January, the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs outlined Finland’s policy priorities for the 2024–2029 EU parliamentary term. The Committee also discussed the Commission’s proposal to establish a Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans. In addition, the Ministerial Committee outlined Finland’s positions for the two Council meetings taking place next week.
Finland proposes new horizontal EU Single Market strategy
Together with 14 other Member States, Finland has published views on the development of the EU Single Market in the coming years. The European Commission and EU Member States agree that the Single Market faces increasing expectations, including due to the digital and green transitions.
Finland to increase financial requirement for Schengen visas to EUR 50 per day of stay and introduce proof of sponsorship form concerning visa applicants
As of 1 January 2024, Finland will increase travellers' daily financial requirement to EUR 50 per day of stay. Finland will simultaneously introduce a proof of sponsorship and/or accommodation form, which will allow visa applicants to finance their visit using the funds of the inviting party.