Press release 86/2014
Civilian crisis management is part of the range of tools by which Finland takes part in the efforts to prevent spread of crises and their impacts. The National Strategy for Civilian Crisis Management adopted in 2008 strengthened Finland’s readiness to participate in civilian crisis management. The Government adopted the update of the National Strategy for Civilian Crisis Management on 10 April 2014.
The strategy was updated on the basis of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen’s government programme. The strategy comprises the vision for Finnish civilian crisis management, and defines the goals for further enhancement of Finnish participation and the development of the resources and competence for civilian crisis management.
Civilian crisis management is part of Finnish foreign and security policy. The civilian crisis management tasks can include support, monitoring, consultation and training tasks or, for example, executive tasks within the police sector. Civilian crisis management also promotes prevention and management of cross-border security threats.
In recent years, the focus of Finnish civilian crisis management has been in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Georgia. An increasing number of Finnish experts has been participating in the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya, which is an EU civilian crisis management mission in Libya. Ukraine will be a new important country in civilian crisis management. At the moment, there are five Finnish experts involved in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, established three weeks ago.
The update of the National Strategy for Civilian Crisis Management takes account of the changes that have taken place in the internatonal operating environment, including entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. Attention paid to such themes as the effectiveness of crisis management will increase. The ever more demanding operating environments of civilian crisis management missions pose challenges on the training, recruitment and equipment of the experts participating in civilian crisis management. The national goal is that Finland will be capable of deploying a sufficient number of competent experts to civilian crisis management missions on short notice, if necessary.
Update of the National Strategy for Civilian Crisis Management was prepared in collaboration between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior.
Additional information: Mikko Kinnunen, Head of Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, tel. +358 295 351 820; and Laura Yli-Vakkuri, Director General, Ministry of the Interior, tel. +358 295 418 820