According to the Foreign Ministry’s Job Satisfaction Survey, staff are most satisfied with the operating culture in the workplace and the content of work
The analysis of the Job Satisfaction Survey, conducted in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in its missions abroad, has been completed and the results are now available. In the Ministry, job satisfaction has remained at the same level as it was in the previous survey, which was conducted in 2018. Job satisfaction in the missions abroad has improved. The overall results are at the same level as in surveys conducted in other central government organisations.
Society's norms man-made and can be changed – Gender Equality Adviser is inspired by people’s energy and activity
Senior Adviser for Gender Equality Eppu Mikkonen-Jeanneret was in primary school when she realised that gender-based patterns of behaviour can be ignored. Equality work is needed in the fight against coronavirus, too, because the gendered repercussions will be enormous. In our series entitled ‘Three questions about development cooperation’, we ask specialists about their work.
Foreign Ministry’s assistance abroad reinforced remotely from Helsinki during coronavirus crisis
Because of the coronavirus crisis, tens of thousands of Finnish travellers have returned home in recent weeks. The Finnish missions abroad help travellers around the world, but the need for help shows also in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki, as the number of contacts to the Ministry’s 24/7 Service Centre, consular services and the social media has skyrocketed.
EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ video conference discussed Ukraine and Eastern Partnership
Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership, together with the impact of coronavirus on these regions, were the main themes of the video conference held by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Ministers on 22 April. The discussions also touched on Turkey, Afghanistan and Libya.
Foreign Ministry helps travellers stranded abroad during coronavirus pandemic through subsidised repatriation flights
So far, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has organised twelve repatriation flights in cooperation with Finnair. Altogether, 2,486 passengers have been carried home, approximately half of them Finns. This is the first article in a series about the things that have been done by the Foreign Ministry in Finland and in the missions abroad during the coronavirus crisis.
TAIEX and Twinning: Activities suspended because of coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has major implications on the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) instrument and Twinning activities. The European Commission has cancelled TAIEX events until the summer, and solutions are sought concerning individual Twinning projects in different countries.
Humanitarian assistance is not a solution to problems caused by conflicts and disasters but is often the first step towards normality
“The purpose on humanitarian assistance is to save lives and to alleviate suffering,” says Claus Lindroos, Director of the Unit for Humanitarian Assistance. Three questions about development cooperation is a series of interviews of specialists from the Department for Development Policy.
If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
Twinning: Finland to develop production of statistics in Belarus
A joint tender by Denmark, Finland and Lithuania has won a contract for a Twinning project in Belarus. The two-year project will strengthen the preconditions for producing high-quality data for decision-makers in Belarus. Finland's representative in the project is Statistics Finland.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs to arrange three repatriation flights on Friday 27 March
On Friday 27 March 2020, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with Finnair will organise three repatriation flights for travellers returning to Finland. The flights will be from Cyprus and Portugal. Tickets for these flights can be bought via Finnair’s ticket sales.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs launched investigations concerning 17 cases of alleged misconduct in 2019
The financial statement of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for 2019 includes 17 cases of misconduct and alleged misconduct concerning development cooperation. As a consequence of these cases of misconduct, a total of EUR 70,000 of the funds for 2019 are now subject to recovery action.
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic
The Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade says that the Government is trying to ensure the continuation of normal cargo and goods traffic. The situation in developing countries is supported through humanitarian aid, for example.
Africa cannot manage the spread of coronavirus infections without donors’ support
More than 30 African countries have reported coronavirus infections. The matter has been addressed without delay, but Finland’s missions in Tanzania and Mozambique estimate that countering the epidemic may be difficult and Africa will need outside support.