Prime Minister Juha Sipilä participates in the European Council meeting in Brussels on 20–21 October. The main themes of the meeting will be migration, trade policy and external relations.
The first working session of the two-day European Council focused on migration. The EU will further develop its cooperation with countries of origin and transit. Over its working dinner, the European Council held a strategic debate on relations with Russia. On Friday, the European Council discussed trade issues and, in particular, took stock of the situation in the ongoing free trade negotiations with key partners.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä met the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė in Kesäranta, Helsinki on Tuesday 18 October. On the agenda in the discussions were the development of the EU on the basis of the roadmap agreed in Bratislava and the Brexit process. The discussions will continue at the end of the week in Brussels, where Prime Minister Sipilä and President Grybauskaitė will attend the European Council meeting.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä met the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, 12 October during his visit to Mexico. The leaders stated that relations between the two countries are excellent and noted that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship that launched diplomatic relations between Finland and Mexico.
The theme for 2017 will be "Changing Society and Citizenship in a State of Global Flux" and for 2018 "Reform or Wither – Resources and Solutions". It was decided that the cross-thematic focus areas for both years are information in decision-making and execution, and sustainable growth in society.
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister's Office
The Prime Minister's Office, a ministry led by the Prime Minister in person, is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Government’s political programme. The Prime Minister’s Office also assists the Prime Minister in the general management of Government functions.
The Prime Minister’s Office supports the Prime Minister and the Government in the planning of the Government functions and related decision-making. It assists the Prime Minister and the Government in their work and provides services for government agencies and the wider public. The Prime Minister's Office is also responsible for arranging services that support decision-making by the President of the Republic and the Government, appointing ministers' special advisers and their remuneration and translating statutes, i.e. acts and decrees, into the national languages of Finland.