Changes in Finland’s network of diplomatic missions
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is making changes to Finland’s network of diplomatic missions as part of the central government’s savings. The changes arise from decisions to cut the Ministry’s appropriations for operating expenses. The embassies of Finland in Luxembourg, Bratislava (Slovakia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) will be closed by the end of 2015.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja to attend the EU Foreign Ministers Meeting in Luxembourg
The EU Foreign Affairs Council will convene in Luxembourg on 20 October. Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will represent Finland at the meeting. The topics for discussion by the Foreign Affairs Council are Iraq, Syria and ISIL, the Ebola epidemic, the situation in Ukraine, the Middle East peace process and Libya.
Topical EU issues on the agenda of Finland’s and Luxembourg’s Foreign Ministers
“We were both foreign ministers when negotiations on EU membership started with Turkey in 2005. It was very much the foreign ministers who took the lead on that, and we remain committed to the issue. A European Turkey fulfilling the membership criteria is in European strategic interests,” said Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at a press conference held together with Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn of Luxembourg in Helsinki on 27 October.