Foreign Minister Timo Soini to visit Tunisia
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will visit Tunisia from 18 to 20 April 2017. During the visit Minister Soini will meet Tunisia’s leadership and discuss the countries’ bilateral relations, migration, the situation in the region and other topical issues.
New Heads of Mission to Astana, Tunis and St Petersburg and side accreditation to Lesotho
At the presidential session on Friday 24 March, the President of the Republic appointed Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Mikko Kivikoski to serve as Head of Mission in Astana from 1 September 2017, Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Leena Gardemeister to serve as Head of Mission in Tunis from 1 September 2017, and Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Anne Lammila as Consul General in Finland’s Consulate General in St Petersburg from 1 May 2017.
Project and programme evaluations in 2016
In 2016, more than 20 project evaluations on development cooperation were carried out in different departments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Evaluations were made on all continents. Below evaluations are listed by country, region or organization.
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.
Minister Hautala in Tunisia: The narrowing of women’s rights a threat in North Africa
“During the Arab Spring, Tunisian women visibly upheld demands for freedom and equality. Unfortunately these needs have not vanished,” said Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala on the International Women’s Day when visiting a shelter for women under construction in Tunis. The shelter supported by Finland and the other Nordic countries is the first in Tunis where women can get legal and psychological support as well as seeking safety.
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