The main function of the Economics Department is to formulate a macroeconomic policy framework for the Government. The Department monitors, analyses and forecasts economic developments and publishes economic surveys on a regular basis. It is also responsible for assessing the impact of economic policy measures and ensuring that economic aspects are taken into account in policy decisions. The Department participates in framing EU economic policy and also coordinates matters concerning Finland's credit rating with the State Treasury.
Director General of the Economics Department - Mr Markus Sovala
The Department is divided into three units
Forecasting Unit – Mr Mikko Spolander, Senior Financial Adviser (acting)
Stability Unit – Mr Mikko Spolander, Senior Financial Adviser
Information Group – Mr Harri Kähkönen, Ministerial Adviser
The Budget Department prepares the Government's financial and economic policy, draws up the overall spending limits and prepares the budget proposal. It also participates in the preparation of economic policy with respect the central government finances. It is responsible for the overall principles underlying operating and financial plans and central government accounting, draws up the rules of procedure for government payments and prepares e.g. matters relating to government transactions, management of cash reserves and the financial control and auditing of central government finances. In addition, it engages in the preparation of Finland's statements on the European Union budget and administration.
Mr Hannu Mäkinen is Director General of the Budget Department.
The Department is divided into five units and two groups external to the units:
Fiscal Policy Unit - Mr Juha Majanen, Budget Counsellor
Structural Policy Unit – Ms Tuulia Hakola-Uusitalo, Senior Financial Adviser
Municipality Unit – Mr Jouko Narikka, Budget Counsellor
Financial Management and Legal Affairs Unit - Niko Ijäs, Budget Counsellor
EU Unit - Ms Seija Kivinen, Budget Counsellor
Calculation Group - Ms Johanna Orivuori, Controller
Secretary Group - Mr Petri Syrjänen, Budget Counsellor
The Tax Department is the Government's expert on tax policy. It is responsible for developing the tax system and assessing the effects of tax policy. It drafts tax legislation and participates in developing the work of the Tax Administration and Customs. It also prepares Finland's tax treaties with other countries and represents Finland in tax and customs preparation in the European Union.
Ms Terhi Järvikare is Director General of the Tax Department.
The Department is divided into six units:
Personal Taxation Unit - Mr Panu Pykönen, Senior Government Adviser
Business Taxation Unit - Ms Tarja Jääskeläinen, Senior Government Adviser
Value Added Taxation Unit - Mr Tommi Parkkola, Senior Government Adviser
Customs Unit - Mr Ismo Mäenpää, Senior Government Adviser
Excise Duty Unit - Ms Merja Sandell, Senior Government Adviser
International Tax Affairs Unit - Mr Antero Toivainen, Senior Government Advisor
Financial Markets Department
The Financial Markets Department of the Ministry of Finance draws up the rules for financial markets and strengthens the framework in which the markets can operate. The goal is stable, efficient and equitable operation of the financial markets that citizens can trust in all circumstances. The Ministry of Finance is also responsible for ensuring that the Ministry's national and international activities in financing issues are effective and valued.
Mr Pentti Pikkarainen is Director General of the Financial Markets Department.
Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, Mr Ilkka Harju, is responsible for departmental development.
The Department is divided into two units:
Unit for Capital Markets and Market Infrastructure - Ms Armi Taipale, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Unit for Banking and Finance - Mr Pauli Kariniemi, Financial Counsellor
Personnel and Governance Policy Department/Office for the Government as Employer
The Personnel and Governance Policy Department, which also performs the role of Office for the Government as Employer, is responsible for the central government's employer policy and HR management, as well as development of administration, and the preparation and implementation of administrative policy. Its task is to promote the competitiveness of central government as an employer and support government agencies in their role as employers. It acts as the employer representative on behalf of central government in collective bargaining at national level and prepares matters relating to protecting the interests of the State employer in terms of incomes policy and labour policy, and in policy decisions relating to working life.
The Department also supports government agencies in the development of staff management and their employees, as well as developing steering systems for, and promoting the adoption of, shared practices within central government. In addition, it handles information management in relation to employer activities and HR administration within central government. The Department drafts legislation on public servants and terms of employment in central government and, in the context of staff costs, prepares matters relating to financial plans, the budget proposal and implementation of the Budget. Department also prepares matters related to the general steering of procurement and state property. It also contributes to the development of HR policy within the EU and to other international activities.
Mr Juha Sarkio is Director General of the Personnel and Governance Policy Department.
The Department is divided into five units:
Collective Agreements - Ms Seija Petrow, Chief of Negotiations
Personnel Policy - Mr Asko Lindqvist, Senior Financial Adviser
Research Services - Mr Mika Happonen, Head of Research Unit, Ministerial Adviser
Governance Policy and Public Services Unit - Ms Katju Holkeri, Senior Financial Adviser
Development and Control Unit for Financial Services - Mr Tomi Hytönen, Budget Counsellor
Department for Local Government and Regional Administration
The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is responsible for central government/municipality cooperation and fosters the development of local self-government, the municipal structure and municipal legislation. It is also in charge of developing central, regional and local administration and preparing matters related to the administration, human resources and finances of the municipalities and municipal consortia. In addition, the monitoring of municipal finances, formulation of the programme for local government finances, and maintenance and development of the system of central government transfers to local government form part of its brief.
The Department is responsible for preparing issues such as development of public service systems, and the performance management of Regional State Administrative Agencies, the Population Register Centre and local register offices.
Key projects of Prime Minister Sipilä's Government which fall under the Department's responsibilities include Municipality of the Future, central and regional government reform, and reduction of local government duties and obligations. The Department is also involved in preparations for the Government Programme key project of restructuring the social welfare and health care services and establishing autonomous region-based administrations within the sector.
The advisory council on local government finances works in tandem with the Department for Local Government and Regional Administration. (link)
The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is headed by Director-General Ms Päivi Laajala.
The Department consists of the following units:
Municipal Development Unit - Ms Auli Valli-Lintu, Senior Government Adviser
Municipal Finance Unit - Mr Jani Pitkäniemi, Senior Financial Adviser
Administration Unit - Ms Tarja Hyvönen, Senior Government Adviser
Administrative Governance and Development
Administrative Governance and Development is responsible for the Ministry's internal services such as general administration, economic administration, human resources management and development, the information service and information management, media and communications and agency services, the steering of executive agencies under the ministry, and the state ownership steering of companies, affiliated companies and state enterprises.
Ms Helena Tarkka is Director of Administrative Governance and Development.
The Department is divided into eight units:
HR Administration - Pilvi Pellikka, HR Manager
Financial Administration - Jan Holmberg, Financial Manager
Information Unit – Irja Peltonen, Information Director
Media and Communications - Liinu Lehto, Director of Communications
General Administration – Salla Kalsi, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Public Sector ICT
This operational unit is responsible for the overall development of public administration information management, e-Government and the use of data warehouses, for information management governance in central government and for the coordination of joint development projects. Public Sector ICT promotes information management cooperation between central and local government, formulates joint functional and technical solutions and methods and is in charge of the overall development of information security in the public administration, as well as data security governance in central government.
The CIO of this operational unit is Ms Anna-Maija Karjalainen.
The Department is divided into three units:
Information Policy - Mr Sami Kivivasara, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, Director of the Unit
Digitalisation - Ms Kristiina Luukkonen, Senior Adviser for Information Management, Director of the Unit
Cyber Security and Infrastructure - Mr Aku Hilve, Information Security Adviser, Director of the Unit
The Government Financial Controller's Function
The Government Financial Controller's Function serves the highest echelons of Government and the ministries in the role of administrative controller and as an independent supervisory authority in ensuring and developing the quality of the control and reporting system on central government finances and activities and in ensuring financial accountability.
The Government Financial Controller's Function is responsible for ensuring that the Government annual report gives a true and fair report on the central government's finances and financial performance. It steers, coordinates and develops the reporting and assessment of central government finances and financial performance. It also handles the guidance, coordination and development of internal control and the related risk management, and is in charge of arranging government-level activities and reporting related to the control and preventing the misuse of EU funds under the responsibility of the Finnish State.
The Audit Authority Unit operates in connection with the Government Financial Controller's Function and is responsible for auditing the programmes co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. Besides these national audit authority tasks, the unit audits European territorial co-operation programmes in Finland.
For further details on the EU's Structural Fund Programme see: www.rakennerahastot.fi
The head of the Government Financial Controller's Function is Mr Esko Mustonen, Deputy Government Controller-General.
The Audit Authority Unit is headed by Ms Sari Nousiainen, Audit Counsellor.
Secretariat for EU Affairs
The Secretariat for EU Affairs assists the Ministry's leadership and departments in EU and international affairs, in the coordination of preparatory work and in communications outside the Ministry.
The head of the Secretariat is Financial Counsellor Marketta Henriksson.
International Financial Affairs Unit
International Financial Affairs Unit prepares the strategy, general principles and policy proposals related to international financial institutions and euro area stability as well as Nordic cooperation. Where needed, its staff members represent the Republic of Finland in various international financial institutions and organisations. The unit assists the Finance Minister on issues falling under its mandate.
The head of the unit is Financial Counsellor Pekka Morén.