Prime Minister Sipilä and the President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez met in Helsinki today, on 14 February. Prime Minster Sipilä and President Vázquez noted the strong relations between the two countries. The main topic discussed was the development of economic relations between Finland and Uruguay, especially in the bioeconomy and IT sectors.
On the agenda were also the development of education and bilateral cooperation in this field, as well as regional issues in Latin America.
President and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss the UK-lead Joint Expeditionary Force
On Wednesday 8 February Prime Minister Juha Sipilä gave Prime Minister's statement on the Government policy in 2017 and the most important proposals to be submitted to Parliament.
It is imperative to stay on the course of reforms and job creation so that confidence can be maintained. The EUR 4 billion in savings decisions have now been made. However, as I’ve said a number of times, we have pledged to reallocate resources, bring about structural reforms and create more jobs, so that there will be no need for more savings.
— Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
At an informal summit in Malta on 3 February, the leaders of the EU Member States issued a declaration concerning migration and addressing the central Mediterranean route. In addition, the EU-27 leaders discussed the future of the European Union. Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä explained Finland’s views on the EU’s reform agenda to the EU-27 leaders.
A two-speed Union, in which some countries would proceed more quickly towards integration than others, is not the answer. At the anniversary meeting in Rome we must offer credible, practical responses on the question of the future of the European Union. We must strengthen our commitments to the EU’s common values and must find a way to proceed together at the same pace.
— Prime Minister Sipilä
Artificial intelligence and robotisation are predicted to revolutionise societies in the same way as digitalisation is already doing. Experts in the field discussed the opportunities created by artificial intelligence in a seminar, convened by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on 7 February 2017. Professor Peter Stone, one of the foremost experts in the field, opened the discussion. He is leading the project One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) at the Stanford University.
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