Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020
The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
Finland grants over EUR 46 million in aid to the world’s humanitarian crises
Finland will donate EUR 46.4 million in humanitarian aid to the world’s worst crisis areas. The aid, granted by a decision of Minister for International Development Sirpa Paatero on 13 March, will be directed to acute emergency situations in Syria and neighbouring areas, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ukraine. Efforts will also be made to alleviate human suffering in countries where protracted crisis situations exist, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen
Foreign Minister Stubb’s statement on the death of Osama bin Laden
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb was informed early this morning that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had died as a result of a strike by American special forces in Pakistan. “A page of history turned in the fight against terrorism,” Foreign Minister Stubb emphasises. He points out that we must unfortunately be prepared that the risk of terrorist strikes against travellers abroad will be greater than usual. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs updates its travel recommendations as needed.
EU Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the Union’s investment policy
The EU Foreign Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on 10 September. The main topic of the meeting is the European Union’s new international investment policy. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen will attend the meeting for Finland.
Finland grants additional support to Pakistan
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted an additional 3.2 million euros in aid of flood victims in Pakistan. Because the situation in Pakistan is difficult, the distribution of humanitarian aid by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to take place later in autumn was partially pushed forward for this.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs grants support for flood victims in Pakistan
By the decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, Finland has granted a total of 1.2 million euros in humanitarian assistance for flood victims in Pakistan. Some 500,000 people have been left homeless and 252,000 buildings have been destroyed by the floods.
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