Stubb goes and Petteri Orpo becomes FinMin
A number of changes to the government have taken place after National Coalition Party leader Alexander Stubb was ousted by a party congress last week and replaced by Interior Minister Petteri Orpo.
The formal notice of ministerial changes as published on the government website is as follows:
“Ministerial changes in Sipilä’s Government
Government Communications Department 22.6.2016 13.41
Press release 283/2016
On Wednesday 22 June, the President of the Republic appointed Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo as Minister of Finance, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Paula Risikko as Minister of the Interior, and Member of Parliament Kai Mykkänen as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development.
In the same context, the President of the Republic released Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka, and Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo from their duties.
In the government plenary session on 22 June, decisions were made on the division of the Ministers’ responsibilities, ministerial deputies and the composition of ministerial committees. At the beginning of the session, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen took an oath of office and a judicial oath.
State Secretary Olli-Pekka Heinonen was appointed to continue as State Secretary to the National Coalition Party’s group of ministers.”
There were also some changes to the division of responsibilities between ministers and deputy ministers as follows:
“Division of responsibilities between ministers and ministerial deputies
At its first plenary session, the Government decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister. Ministers are of equal status within the ministry.
Each minister is responsible for international and EU matters falling within the ministry’s mandate and matters related to appointments and personnel administration. Each minister also directs financial planning, budget preparation and other joint matters within its field of activity.
The Government appoints the ministers who will stand in for the prime minister and other ministers when the latter are unable to act. When the minister deputising for the Prime Minister is prevented from attending to his/her responsibilities, the most senior minister will stand in. Other ministers have usually four or five deputies.
Division of responsibilities and ministerial deputies in the Sipilä Government
The Government plenary session decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister, ministerial deputies and ministers’ holidays.
Prime Minister’s Office
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini handles matters covered by the Government EU Affairs Department which are not covered by the Prime Minister.
Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Vehviläinen is in charge of analysis, assessment and research activities and coordinating the objectives of the state’s sectoral research in support of decision-making.
Of the matters handled by the Government EU Affairs Department, Prime Minister Sipilä is responsible for matters relating to the European Council, amendments to the Treaties of the European Union and appointments related to the European Union. Sipilä is also responsible for other matters that fall within the mandate of the Prime Minister’s Office including matters concerning ownership steering, except for issues that are handled by the Minister of Local Government and Reform.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Mykkänen is responsible for matters related to trade policy and development cooperation.
Minister of Transport and Communications Berner is responsible for matters related to Nordic cooperation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Soini is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs including Arctic issues.
Ministry of Justice
Minister of Transport and Communications Berner is responsible for matters relating to the autonomy of the Åland Islands.
Minister of Justice and Employment Lindström is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Justice.
Ministry of Finance
Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms Vehviläinen is responsible for matters relating to local government, regional administration, personnel and governance policy, public sector ICT, the government financial controller’s function and statistical services covered by the Ministry of Finance.
Minister of Finance Orpo is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Finance.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Minister of Justice and Employment Lindström is responsible for matters falling under the Employment and Entrepreneurship Department and Labour and Trade Department.
Minister of Economic Affairs Rehn is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Rehula is responsible for matters covered by the Department for Social and Health Services, but not those related to pharmaceuticals. The Minister is also charged with matters falling under the Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health and for matters related to equality.
Minister of Social Affairs and Health Mäntylä is responsible for all other matters covered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.”