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Finland’s action plan for maritime policy sent for consultation

Government Communications Department
Publication date 16.6.2021 15.40 | Published in English on 16.6.2021 at 15.53
Press release 381/2021

The Prime Minister’s Office sent a draft of its action plan for maritime policy for a broad round of consultations on 16 June 2021. The purpose of the action plan is to develop and coordinate Finland’s maritime policy and to implement the maritime policy objectives set in the Government Programme.

The goal is to develop maritime policy into one of Finland’s key strengths. The action plan places particular emphasis on the protection of the seas, the maritime cluster and marine production. It consists of concrete measures aimed at achieving the objectives of Finland’s maritime policy guidelines (2019) and the EU’s integrated maritime policy. 

In the vision for maritime policy detailed in the guidelines, Finland has global influence and produces solutions ensuring that the use of marine natural resources is sustainable, the status of the marine environment is good, and the effects of climate change do not exceed the carrying capacity of the oceans. Finland has a high level of marine competence, an innovative and consistently successful marine cluster, and well-functioning and safe logistics that are environmentally responsible.

The action plan is being drawn up by the Prime Minister’s Office with support from a steering group consisting of representatives from different ministries and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The steering group is chaired by Henrik Haapajärvi, State Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The consultation period for the action plan will continue until 17 August 2021. The finalised programme will be published in autumn 2021.

Inquiries: Jussi Soramäki, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 40 754 1898 and Emma Borg, Project Coordinator, tel. +358 46 921 9792, Prime Minister’s Office.