Prime Minister Stubb in Paris

On Wednesday 1 October Prime Minister Stubb will meet the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Paris. At the meeting, the prime ministers will discuss economic issues, among other topics. In addition, Prime Minister Stubb will speak on the challenges of economic growth at an event organised by the employers' organisation MEDEF.



Pension reform will reduce the sustainability gap

One of the key objectives of the Government of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has been to strengthen the sustainability of public finances. The government efforts for reaching the goal have been based on the Structural Policy Programme adopted by the government of Prime Minister Katainen last year, which the present government still implements.

According to the preliminary estimate of the Ministry of Finance, based on the baseline calculations made by the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the negotiation result adopted on the pension reform today meets the goals set for it. The reform will reduce the sustainability gap of public finances as it reduces pension expenditure and raises the employment rate by an amount corresponding with one per cent of the GDP.



Minister of Justice Henriksson to visit Washington

The Finnish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson visits Washington from 28 September to 5 October. She will meet with Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder and attend a conference concerning the prevention of child sexual abuse online.

During their meeting, Attorney General Holder and Minister Henriksson will, among other things, discuss the prospective measures that could be taken to adjust the activities of the judicial system to the ever tighter economic situation without compromising the high level of legal protection. On the agenda are also challenges brought by the new technology when it comes to securing the data protection of citizens and combating crime on the Internet.



Minister Toivakka to General Affairs Council

The General Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Monday, 29 September. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka.

The General Affairs Council will make preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 23 and 24 October, the agenda for which includes the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package. The General Affairs Council will also discuss the implementation of the strategic agenda approved by the European Council in June and will then examine and adopt conclusions on the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.