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CBSS Finnish Presidency 2013-2014

Clean, Safe and Smart Baltic Sea

Finland assumed the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) for 2013–2014. The theme of Finland’s Presidency is a Clean, Safe and Smart Baltic Sea. Read more »
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Trade agreement negotiations between the EU and the United States

The negotiations on an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were launched in the summer of 2013. Finland will pay special attention to the openness and transparency of the negotiation process. Read more »
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New global development goals

At the start of the millennium, the UN Member States pledged to reach a number of development goals by 2015. Governments are now negotiating about new global development goals. Read more >>
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Third open hearing session concerning EU-US trade negotiations

Minister Stubb estimated that the talks will take the EU-US relations to a new phase, which, in addition to being a trade and investment partnership, also constitutes a strategic partnership. Freedom of trade enhances the economic situation and boosts economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Organizations hope for a human rights oriented policy from the government

The Government, under the leadership of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, is preparing a human rights report for submission to Parliament in autumn 2014. Foreign Minister Tuomioja presented the departure points for the report. He considers it important that there is the know-how to apply the recommendations made by bodies monitoring international treaties, and that these recommendations are interpreted in a way positive to human rights.

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