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News, 6/29/2011

Katainen stressed an active approach and continuity in foreign policy

The Finnish Parliament today began its discussion of the Government’s communication on the new Government Programme. “In future, too, Finland will pursue an active, initiative-taking foreign policy grounded in continuity,” Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said in his presentation speech. He also stressed the importance of exports. Parliament is discussing the Government’s communication today and tomorrow.

Mr Speaker,

The prosperity of Finland and the wellbeing of Finns are to a great extent dependent on our international cooperation in the fields of economy and politics.

Finland’s foreign policy will continue to be based on activeness, initiative and continuity. Finland carries responsibility not only for its own citizens but also internationally.

In our EU policy, we are keen to promote reforms that improve the EU’s global economic competitiveness, enhance the functioning of the internal market and contribute to the Union’s overall effectiveness. Our EU policies are positive and determined but at the same time realistic.

In bilateral relations, the Government intends to devote increasing effort to relations with Russia, the United States and the emerging economies. The key role of the Nordic and Baltic countries will, however, remain.

External economic relations will become one of the new foreign policy priorities. The objective is to support the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, encourage the export of products and services and create new jobs in Finland by so doing. In trade policy, Finland supports open, free and fair trade and promotes the integration of the emerging countries into the international economy.

 

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Updated 6/30/2011

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