Government reports on changes in the security environment​

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a fundamental change has taken place in the security and operating environment of Finland and Europe. 

During the spring, Parliament has handled the Government's report on changes in the security environment. The report discusses Finland's foreign, security and defence policy, but also the economic impacts in the situation that has changed, security of supply, preparedness, border security, cyber security, and hybrid influence activities.

The Speaker's Council has set up a parliamentary coordination group​, whose task is to ensure the flow of information between the various actors during the time when Parliament is considering a government report.

Information on the handling of the report Report on Finland’s Accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization​

On Sunday 15 May, the Government adopted the Report on Finland’s Accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The referral debate on the report is scheduled to take place in plenary on Monday, 16 May at 10 am. The report will be presented by Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

​At the end of the debate, the matter will be referred to a committee reading. Once the committee report has been completed, deferral of the report will take place in a plenary session. This will be followed by single reading in a plenary session. If, during the debate, a motion is proposed which differs from the opinion of the committee report and which is supported, the matter shall be put to the vote at the end of the debate.​

Parliamentary handling of the first report

Parliament handles government reports in three phases:

  • referral debate in a plenary session after which the matter is sent to a parliamentary committee
  • committee reading
  • single reading in a plenary session

The parliamentary debate on the first government report on changes in the security environment began with a referral debate on Wednesday, 20 April​. At the same plenary session, two citizens' initiatives concerning Finland's NATO membership and a citizens' initiative to allow the use of anti-personnel mines were also discussed. 

At the end of the referral debate, the report was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee. Administration Committee, Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Commerce Committee, Committee for the Future, Defence Committee, Education and Culture Committee, Employment and Equality Committee, Finance Committee, Legal Affairs Committee and Transport and Communications Committee have submitted statements to the Foreign Affairs Committee.