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News, 4/25/2013

New appointments at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Government decided on 25 April to propose that the President of the Republic make the following appointments:

Markku KeinänenCounsellor of Foreign Affairs Markku Keinänen to the post of Deputy Director General of the Department for External Economic Relations for the fixed term of 1 September 2013–31 August 2017.

Keinänen is currently Head of the Embassy in Madrid. In Finnish missions abroad, he has previously worked for the Embassy in London, Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels and the Embassy in Madrid.

In the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Keinänen has served as Director of the Unit for General EU Affairs and Coordination in the Department for Europe, and he has had various positions in the Department for External Economic Relations and the Department for International Development Cooperation.

During the period 2000–2004, Keinänen worked in the Government Secretariat for EU Affairs.

Keinänen came to work at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1986.

Timo KantolaCounsellor of Foreign Affairs Timo Kantola to the post of Deputy Director General of the Political Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for the fixed term of 1 September 2013–31 August 2017.

Kantola is currently Head of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE in Vienna. In Finnish missions abroad, he has previously worked at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, at the Embassy in Ankara and at Permanent Missions of Finland in Geneva and Vienna.

At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Kantola has held various positions in the Political Department, the Unit for Southern Africa and the Department for External Economic Relations.

Kantola came to work at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1988.

Juha OttmanCounsellor of Foreign Affairs Juha Ottman to the post of Deputy Director General of the Department for Europe at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for the fixed term of 1 September 2013–31 August 2017.

Ottman is currently Head of the Embassy of Finland in Zagreb, Croatia. In Finnish missions abroad, he has previously worked at the Embassy in Belgrade and at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.

At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ottman has worked at the Department for External Economic Relations and has served in various positions at the Department for Europe.

Ottman came to work at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1996.

Additional information: Vesa Lehtonen, Deputy Director General for Personnel, tel. +358 9 1605 5401

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Updated 4/25/2013

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