No exceptions will be granted for lighting bonfires. The Ministry of the Interior urges people to check the latest fire warnings for forest fires or grass fires in the area from a local weather forecast or from the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Mikko Jalo has taken up his duties as Special Adviser to Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen. Jalo is responsible for the Minister’s communications and media relations as well as matters related to rescue services.
Ukraine is under attack by Russia. Finland is providing support to Ukraine both nationally and through the European Union. In addition to financial aid granted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland has sent over EUR 2 million in civilian material assistance to Ukraine and its neighbouring regions through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
On 16 May, Finland sent medicines and medical supplies to Ukraine. The assistance was provided through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism. According to the European Commission, Ukraine urgently needs medicines, fuel, back-up generators and water purification tablets.
Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen will visit Tallinn on 2–3 May and meet Estonian Minister of the Interior Kristian Jaani. The Ministers will discuss topics including the situation in Ukraine, the reception of people who have fled Ukraine, provision of international assistance and civil defence.
Cooperation in maintaining and developing civil preparedness is an important part of the joint preparedness of Finland and Sweden. The heads of the authorities responsible for preparedness in the two countries will meet in Helsinki on Friday 29 April. The bilateral meeting is the first of its kind, and the topics on the agenda will include civil preparedness, security of supply and cyber matters.
On 14 April, Finland sent two ambulances and rescue service supplies to Ukraine and medical supplies to Moldova. In addition, a donation of medicinal products was delivered to Ukraine. The material assistance was provided through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
The Ministry of the Interior has decided to send two experts to Poland and Slovakia to assist in coordinating the humanitarian assistance needed by people fleeing Ukraine. The experts left Finland on Wednesday evening.
Over the past few weeks, Finland has been sending civilian material assistance to Ukraine and neighbouring regions. The most recent assistance package was sent on 5 April and consisted of two ambulances and a variety of rescue service supplies.
The Ministry of the Interior has sent out for comments a draft proposal for amending the Rescue Act and the Act on the Emergency Services Academy. Comments on the draft will be accepted until 20 May 2022.