Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Minister Virolainen to visit Israel, Palestinian territory and Jordan
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen will visit Israel, the Palestinian territory and Jordan from 5 to 10 May 2018. The aim of the visit is to get an update of the humanitarian situation and to seek ways to promote trade relations and bilateral cooperation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini visits Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on 1–3 June 2016. The Foreign Minister will meet Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders and discuss their bilateral relations with Finland, the peace process and regional situation in the Middle East and other topical matters.
Secretary of State Peter Stenlund to the ENP Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Barcelona
Secretary of State Peter Stenlund represents Finland at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), held in Barcelona on Monday, 13 April. At the meeting, the Southern ENP partner countries will present their views and hopes concerning the review of the neighbourhood policy.
Foreign Minister Stubb in Gaza: “The EU’s aim is complete dismantling of the blockade”
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb visited the occupied Palestinian territory of Gaza on 14 October. The purpose of his trip was to form a view of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and to meet with representatives of aid organizations active in the region.Stubb thanked Israel and its efforts in June to relax the blockade of Gaza, but he also said that additional measures are needed. “The EU’s aim is complete dismantling of the blockade,” the foreign minister pointed out.
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