Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

MFA: Finland hosts Session of Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in Helsinki


The Session of the Committee of Ministers, to be held at Finlandia Hall on 17 May 2019, will mark the end of Finland’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. At the meeting, Finland will hand over the Presidency to France. More than 30 ministers from the member States of the Council of Europe will attend the meeting. The meeting will be chaired by Foreign Minister Timo Soini.

The topics of discussion will cover the political, economic and institutional challenges facing the Council of Europe. The situation is challenging because of the question of Russia’s continued non-payment of its budget contributions and its right of participation in the work of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). Ministers will also handle the organisation’s reform and economic capacity and protection of the operation of civil society, for instance.

“The meeting will handle matters that are very important for Europe as a whole. We will also have a discussion on the organisation’s role in the resolution of conflicts and crises and in protecting human rights,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini says.

A day before the Session of the Committee of Ministers, on 16 May, the Council of Europe will celebrate its 70th anniversary at Finlandia Hall. The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 and to date its most significant achievements include the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.

Finnish Presidency’s priorities included prevention of radicalisation

Finland’s priorities for its Presidency of the Committee of Ministers were: strengthening of the system of human rights and the rule of law in Europe; supporting equality and women's rights; openness and inclusion; and young people and the prevention of radicalisation. During its Presidency, Finland has promoted these themes actively.

One of the main events was a High-Level Conference on the impacts of artificial intelligence, human rights and the rule of law, held in Helsinki in February 2019. The conference dealt with both the positive impacts of AI on human rights and the challenges posed by the new technologies for the materialisation of human rights. In events organised during the Presidency, Finland addressed the shrinking space of civil society and human rights defenders’ position, and promoted the rights of the Roma, equality, the rule of law, sign language and human rights and democracy education.

Inquiries: Riikka Taivassalo, Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister, tel. +358 46923 4581, Nina Nordström, Director of Unit, tel. +358295 350 104and Merja Lahtinen, Desk Officer, tel. +358 295 350 971.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.


About Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet
Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet
Kanavakatu 3 C, PL 481
00023 Valtioneuvosto

0295 350 000http://um.fi

Subscribe to releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Ulkoministeriö / Utrikesministeriet

UM: Minister Skinnari besöker Europaparlamentets utvecklingsutskott23.7.2019 16:40:00 EESTTiedote

Utvecklings- och utrikeshandelsminister Ville Skinnari besöker Europaparlamentets utvecklingsutskott (DEVE) onsdagen den 24 juli i Bryssel. Ministern presenterar för parlamentsutskottet, som hör till hans ansvarsområde, Finlands EU-ordförandeskaps prioriteringar i det humanitära biståndet och diskuterar EU:s utvecklingspolitik med utskottet. Dessutom har ministern bilaterala möten med utvecklingsutskottets ordförande Tomas Tobén, EU-kommissionär Neven Mimican med ansvar för internationellt samarbete och utveckling och kommissionens vice ordförande Jyrki Katainen. Finland prioriterar i det humanitära biståndet internationell humanitär finansiering, människor i utsatt läge, särskilt personer med funktionsnedsättning, jämställdhet mellan könen samt säkerställande av tillräckligt och effektivt humanitärt bistånd. I EU:s utvecklingspolitik prioriterar Finland jämställdhet mellan könen och partnerskap med Afrika. I enlighet med regeringsprogrammet vill Finland också stärka EU:s roll som glob

UM: Ministeri Skinnari Euroopan parlamentin kehitysvaliokuntaan23.7.2019 16:40:00 EESTTiedote

Kehitysyhteistyö- ja ulkomaankauppaministeri Ville Skinnari esiintyy keskiviikkona 24.7. Euroopan parlamentin kehitysvaliokunnassa (DEVE) Brysselissä. Ministeri esittelee Suomen EU-puheenjohtajakauden humanitaarisen avun painopisteet ja keskustelee EU:n kehityspolitiikasta vastuualueelleen kuuluvan parlamentin valiokunnan kanssa. Lisäksi ministerillä on kahdenväliset tapaamiset kehitysvaliokunnan puheenjohtajan Tomas Tobén, kehityskomissaari Neven Mimican ja komission varapuheenjohtajan Jyrki Kataisen kanssa. Suomen painopisteitä humanitaarisessa avussa ovat kansainvälinen humanitaarinen oikeus, ihmiset haavoittuvissa tilanteissa, erityisesti vammaiset, sukupuolten tasa-arvo sekä riittävän ja tehokkaan humanitaarisen rahoituksen varmistaminen. EU:n kehityspolitiikassa Suomen painopisteitä ovat sukupuolten tasa-arvo ja kumppanuus Afrikan kanssa. Hallitusohjelman mukaisesti Suomi haluaa vahvistaa myös EU:n roolia globaalina ilmastojohtajana ja edistää Pariisin ilmastosopimuksen toimeenpa

MFA: Minister Skinnari to visit the Development Committee of European Parliament23.7.2019 16:40:00 EESTPress release

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will make a presentation before the Development Committee (DEVE) of European Parliament in Brussels on 24 July 2019. The Minister will present Finland’s priorities in the field of humanitarian aid during the country’s Presidency of the EU Council and exchange views on EU development policy with the EP committee within his remit. He will also have bilateral meetings with the Chair of DEVE Tomas Tobén, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, and the Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen. Finland’s national priorities in humanitarian aid include international humanitarian law; people in vulnerable situations, especially the disabled; gender equality; and ensuring an adequate and effective humanitarian funding. As for the development policy of the EU, Finland’s priorities include gender equality and partnership with Africa. Under the country’s new Government Program

MFA: Foreign Minister Haavisto to attend Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels14.7.2019 09:00:00 EESTTiedote

The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the European Union will meet on Monday 15 July in Brussels. Finland will be represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto. The FAC will discuss the situation in Iraq, Iran and the Central African Republic. The external dimension of migration will also be on the agenda. There will also be an informal lunch with the new Moldovan Foreign Minister.

In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.

Visit our pressroom