Twinning: Excellent recognition to Finland from European Commission
The European Commission has selected a Twinning project carried out by the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute as one of last year’s most successful Twinning projects. Finland conducted the project together with two other EU Member States, Austria and Latvia, in Azerbaijan in 2016–2019. The European Commission recognises only a few similar success stories every year.
New Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service enters into force on September
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has issued a Decree on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service for 2020–2022. The new decree will replace the former Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service (377/2014). The new decree will enter into force on 1 September 2020 and will be valid until 31 December 2022.
New Deputy Director General and appointment of Director of the National Security Authority for another term
On Thursday 27 August, the Government made two new appointments. The Government promoted Soili Kangaskorpi to the public office of Counsellor for Foreign Affairs from 1 September 2020 and appointed her to the post of Deputy Director General of the Department for the Americas and Asia in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a fixed term from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2024.
Finland supports the rights of women and girls in Myanmar’s conflict areas
Finland will continue its support for the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Women and Girls First (WGF) Programme in Myanmar. The project promotes the rights of women and girls in conflict areas. Finland’s support for the project in 2020–2022 is EUR 4 million.
Entry restrictions and travel recommendations tightened – continue to avoid non-essential travel
In its informal meeting on 18 August, the Government outlined changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Restrictions on internal and external border traffic will be reinstated based on an epidemiological assessment. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Restrictions on external border traffic will be reinstated for traffic into Finland from Ireland, Cyprus and San Marino, as well as to Japanese residents in traffic arriving in Finland from Japan.
Europe Forum Turku invites to talk about Europe
The theme of this year’s Europe Forum Turku on 27–28 August is “Finland in the EU for 25 years”. The speakers and panelists will discuss Finland’s present and future role in Europe and in the European Union. The public is invited to participate in this third Europe Forum online. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is one of the organisers of the event.
“The most motivating thing is if you manage to make yourself unnecessary” – aid workers share what it’s like to work in the midst of a humanitarian crisis
On 19 August, we celebrate World Humanitarian Day. Aid workers from three organisations supported by Finland tell us what motivates them and how well humanitarian assistance reaches its destination.
Visa applications in exceptional cases accepted by missions in limited manner
In accordance with the Government decision, the amendments to the entry restrictions entered into force on 10 August 2020. Insofar as external border control continues, the accepted criteria for entry are the return of persons living in Finland or in another EU or Schengen country and other essential reasons. As of 10 August, an established relationship is also considered an essential reason for entry on the basis of which a visa can be applied for.
Finland’s schools reopen this week – what about schools in Finland’s development cooperation partner countries?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, children and young people around the world are left without education. Finland supports the organisation of teaching in development cooperation partner countries in this exceptional situation.
Education should not be a privilege — everyone has the right to education
Sai Väyrynen, Senior Specialist in the education sector at the Finnish Embassy in Ethiopia, works to ensure education for all. Three questions about development cooperation is a series of interviews with specialists from the Department for Development Policy.
Finland supports Lebanon in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion
On 6 August 2020, Finland decided to support the operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon by one million euros. The operation focuses on water, health and food security, and material assistance will be provided to, for example local hospitals in Beirut.
Call for Proposals: Afghan civil society’s contribution to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) announces a Call for Proposals for International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)/globally operating Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO support) concerning a coordination of the Afghan civil society’s contribution to the Afghanistan pledging conference slated to take place in November 2020. The Call for Proposals is open from Thursday 6th of August to Friday 21st of August.
Changes to entry restrictions and travel recommendations; continue to avoid non-essential travel
At its session on 6 August, the Government decided on changes to border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations. Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and the Netherlands, Andorra and Belgium. All persons returning from abroad must take note of the quarantine instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
Finnish Embassy damaged in Beirut explosion — almost all travellers who have made a travel notification been reached
On Tuesday evening Finnish time, a massive explosion occurred at the port of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Based on currently available information, more than a hundred people have died and thousands have been injured.
International community and Afghanistan government discussed the country’s development and reform agenda
The Fourth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) concluded today after two days of constructive discussions between the Afghanistan government and international partners on the serious challenges faced by the country, the opportunities for development and peace, and government’s vision, plan and strategy for next five years up to 2025. The SOM was attended by senior officials from more than 40 countries and international organizations, ministers and officials from the Afghan government, as well as civil society and private sector representatives.