June 2016

Finnish White Paper on Foreign and Security Policy


By Pauli Järvenpää

Last week, on 17 June 2016, the Finnish Government published its white paper, Government Report on Finnish Foreign and Security Policy*. It was about time, since the previous one was prepared in December 2012, under a very different strategic environment in the Baltic Sea region. The 34-page Report analyzes Finland’s operative environment, the drivers of change, and the goals and key priorities for Finnish foreign and security policy over the next four years.

OSCE parliamentarians to consider resolution focused on corruption, climate change and migration at Tbilisi Annual Session

A report and draft resolution drawing connections between economic and environmental concerns with the broader security environment of the OSCE area will be taken up by members of parliament at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s 25th Annual Session, being held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 1 to 5 July.

The SCO: India enters Eurasia

By P. Stobdan

The Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have recently finalised the draft agenda for the next Summit of the grouping to be held in Tashkent on June 23-24. Among other things, they adopted a procedure document for accession of India (and Pakistan) into the SCO.

Carlos Pascual: Key points of Ukraine energy market reform

 Question 1: At their recent meeting in Japan the G7 energy ministers released a Progress Report which outlines key policy measures and priority areas to overcome Ukraine's energy vulnerability, including implementation of the EU Third Energy Package, establishing an independent energy authority etc. How is Ukraine doing in terms of implementing the energy market reform and meeting the EU requirements?