The Prime Minister is the head of the Prime Minister's Office. The State Secretary, whose appointment is in tandem with the Prime Minister’s term of office, directs the Prime Minister’s Office. He is assisted in this by the Permanent State Under-Secretary. The Permanent State Under-Secretary directs and monitors the work of the PMO's departments, units and officials.
The Prime Minister’s Office consists of the Government EU Affairs Department, the Government Administration Department, the Ownership Steering Department, the Government Communications Department, the Secretariat for Government Strategy Work and the Government Session Unit.
Government EU Affairs Department
The Government EU Affairs Department ensures that the system for coordinating EU policy functions well, and that Finland's EU policy is consistent. The Department prepares EU affairs for the Prime Minister and the Minister for European Affairs, and serves as the secretariat for the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs. It prepares meetings of the European Council, directs the Committee for EU Affairs and participates in the work of preparation sections. A representative of the Government EU Affairs Department is present, as a member of the Finnish delegation, at all Council meetings.
The Government EU Affairs Department is responsible for issues concerning the amendment of EU Treaties and the coordination of matters related to basic treaties of the European Union. It also covers other treaties and international obligations handled by the EU. In addition, the Department is responsible for any horizontal and institutional matters of key importance to the EU's development and handles certain appointments to EU institutions.
Government Administration Department
The Government Administration Department is responsible for the government's and its ministries' common administrative and specialist services and the Prime Minister's Office's internal administration.
The Department is responsible for the management, coordination and development of the ministries' common administration, planning of internal operations and finances and for their common practices and procedures. In addition, it provides joint services and promotes shared organisational culture.
The Government Administration Department is headed by a director general. The Department is divided into five divisions headed by three directors of divisions.
Information Management and ICT Division
- Information Management Unit
- ICT Unit
Premises and Security Division
- Preparedness Unit
- Premises and In-house Services Unit
HR and Finance Division
- HR Unit
- Finance Unit
Internal Communications and Information Support Division
- Internal Communications Unit
- Information Support and Publications Unit
Translation and Language Division
- Swedish Language Unit
- Foreign Languages Unit
- Language Services Unit
In addition to the divisions, a function called Development Services headed by a director operates directly under the department's director general.
Development Services coordinates the development of Prime Minister's Office operations and operating models. It develops common operating models relating to project management, quality assurance, enterprise architecture and general management and coordinates such work at government level.
Government Ownership Steering Department
Duties relating to state ownership steering are handled in the Ownership Steering Department within the Prime Minister’s Office. The department is responsible for state ownership policy, the ownership steering of state-owned companies, the expansion of the ownership base, ownership restructuring arrangements, share investments, the coordination of ministries' ownership steering procedures and inter-ministerial cooperation.
Government Communications Department
The Government Communications Department is responsible for the Prime Minister's and the Government's communications, the external and internal communications of the Prime Minister’s Office and coordination of the Government's EU communications. The Department provides information on Government decisions and is in charge of communications management and planning in emergency conditions. It also handles the coordination and development of central government communications. In addition, the Department is responsible for the ministries’ joint intranet.
Government Strategy Department
The Department is responsible for long-term social policy foresight and planning and the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. It also coordinates the national implementation of sustainable development, handles Government’s strategy work, prepares the Government’s action plan and reports on Government policy. It also serves as secretariat for the Government's strategy sessions and meetings of permanent secretaries. The department has two units: the social policy planning unit and the Government policy unit.
Government Session Unit
The Government Session Unit is responsible for expert services related to decision-making by the Government and the President of the Republic. Its duties include practical arrangement for decision-making at presidential sessions and government plenary sessions and taking minutes of these sessions. The Unit guides and develops the decision-making procedures. It also assists in all activities related to the end and start of government terms, changes in the Government’s composition, and its day-to-day work.
The Government Session Unit coordinates the work of the Government and Parliament and contacts between the two institutions, including the coordination and maintenance of the Government’s legislative programme. The Unit is responsible for publishing the Government Annual Report. It supports the Council of Regulatory Impact Analysis in its work, and manages legislative matters of the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland, honorary titles awarded by the President of the Republic, and general matters related to the enforcement of the Emergency Powers Act within the Government.