Common messages aimed at raising awareness among EU citizens and businesses regarding involvement in financial and economic activities in the settlements
EU:n jäsenvaltiot ovat päättäneet julkaista yhteiset viestit EU:n kansalaisille ja yrityksille siirtokunnissa harjoitettavaa taloudellista toimintaa ja rahoitustoimintaa koskevan tietoisuuden lisäämiseksi.
Minister Hautala in the Middle East: water is a burning issue
The focus of Minister Heidi Hautala's visit was on development cooperation and humanitarian assistance: this year, Finnish support for development cooperation work performed in the Palestinian territories amounts to EUR 9 million. In addition, Finland provides a total of EUR 4.5 million of funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Foreign Minister Tuomioja visited Israel and the Palestinian territories
As regards to the Middle East peace process, we are currently living an important phase when considering the possibilities of reviving peace talks. During his visit, Foreign Minister Tuomioja highlighted Finland and the EU’s view on the importance and urgency of the need to continue negotiations.
Nordic countries concerned about measures against Palestinians
The five Nordic foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Middle East today, focusing particularly on relations between Israel and the Palestinians in the wake of this week’s vote in UNESCO. Although the Nordic countries’ positions differed as regards the timing of Palestinian membership of UNESCO, they agree that the way forward must be based on a resumption of negotiations and the vision of a two-state solution.
Where are you heading, the Arab world?
A thriving democracy or an old oligarchy with new leaders? No one can know what will be the final outcome of the popular uprisings in the Arab countries. This was the opinion shared by the participants in the open discussion organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the House of the Estates on Monday, 4 April. In the event, Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Finnish ambassadors expressed their views of the happenings in the Arab World.
Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in Northern Africa and the Middle East
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union will meet in Brussels on 21 February. The main items on the meeting agenda are the current situation in the EU’s southern neighbourhood and the EU’s support to the region. Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb will represent Finland at the meeting.
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