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Department for Europe

Department for Europe 

The Department for Europe covers issues concerning the following countries:

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The Department for Europe deals with:

  • Political, trade political, economic, and development cooperation issues related to bilateral relations, the EU's external relations, and multilateral institutions in respect of the countries in question
  • coordination of general EU matters, including its development and EU recruitments
  • EU enlargement
  • the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) in the Western Balkans
  • national coordination of EU-funded institution building projects (Twinning and TAIEX cooperation and secondment of experts to the administrations of EU countries affected by the economic crisis)
  • the development and coordination of Nordic cooperation, including the responsibilities of the Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation
  • coordination of Finland's Baltic Sea policy under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and the Council for the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)
  • national coordination related to Finland's Strategy for the Arctic Region and the Arctic Council

Postal address:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Department for Europe 
PO Box 431
00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND

Visiting address:

Laivastokatu 22
00161 HELSINKI
FINLAND

Director General

Visiting address:

Laivastokatu 22 H
MKH2
00160 HELSINKI
FINLAND

Postal address:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Department for Europe 
PO Box 431
00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND
Fax:
  • fax +358 9 160 555 355
E-mail:

Personnel

Liisa Talonpoika
  • Director General
  • tel. +358 295 351 805
Tanja Leikas-Bottà
  • Adviser
  • tel. work +358 295 351 839
Laura Taipalus
  • Executive Secretary
  • tel. +358 295 351 837
  • tel. +358 916 055 091
  • tel. +358 50 577 3414
E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.

Deputy Director General

Visiting address:

Laivastokatu 22 H
MKH2
00160 HELSINKI
FINLAND

Postal address:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Department for Europe 
PO Box 431
00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND
E-mail:

Personnel

Juha Ottman
  • Deputy Director General
  • tel. work +358 295 351 705
  • tel. work +358 9 160 553 90
Laura Taipalus
  • Departmental Secretary
  • Executive Secretary
  • tel. +358 295 351 837
  • tel. +358 916 055 091
  • tel. +358 50 577 3414
Virva Pekkola
  • Departmental Secretary
  • Administrative Officer
  • tel. work +358 295 350 923
E-mail addresses are in the form: forename.surname@formin.fi. Scandinavian characters are replaced by: ä=a, ö=o, å=a.
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