Team Finland network moves to Ruoholahti in Helsinki

Finnvera, Finpro, Tekes and Finnish Industry Investment will move under the same roof in the Team Finland house in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. Tekes and Finnvera will move into the new premises in the head office building of the Ilmarinen Pension Insurance Company in 2016. Finnish Industry Investment will join Tekes and Finnvera a bit later. Team Finland actors under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister's Office will also have joint offices in the building.



Foreign Minister Tuomioja to the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union met in Brussels on 15 December. Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja represented Finland at the meeting.

The main topics of the meeting were Iraq, Syria and ISIL. The ministers also discussed the Western Balkans, the situation in Ukraine, the Ebola epidemic and the situation in Libya.



President of the Republic and Cabinet Committee discuss Ukraine situation and Finland's participation in international crisis management

The President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy convened on Friday 12 December 2014.

Regarding the conflict in Ukraine, Finland continues to stress the utmost importance of immediate and full implementation of the Minsk documents. The ceasefire agreed on in Minsk, as early as 5 September, must be respected. Finland emphasises that, as part of the peace process, the entire Ukrainian-Russian border must be placed under monitoring. Russia has special responsibility in this context.



Finland increases its support for Ukraine

Finland is increasing its support for Ukraine owing to the country's difficult political, economic and humanitarian situation. Finland¿s support to Ukraine in 2014 will total 6.4 million euros. In addition, Finland has dispatched, among others, OSCE observers, border control experts and election observers, as well as anti-corruption and administrative reform experts, to Ukraine.