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Govt proposal on Finland’s accession to NATO submitted in order to Parliament

Janne Kuusela, Director General, tel. +358  295  140  300, janne. kuusela@gov. fi
The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Matters are in the format firstname. lastname@formin. fi.
Ministry of Defence

Government suggestion assesses key effects of NATO membership

The government proposal assesses the key effects of Finland’s accession towards the North Atlantic Treaty. The important thing effects concern foreign policy, security policy and protection policy, in particular. As a member of NATO, Finland will invest in the North Atlantic Treaty and will participate in all aspects of NATO. Finland is planning militarily to fulfil its obligation of collective protection under Article 5, such as the use of armed force. Finland will integrate its defence into NATO’s collective defence. As a member, Finland will participate in NATO’s security policy consultations, commit to the Alliance politically, and participate in NATO’s peacetime missions as agreed individually.
Piritta Asunmaa, Director Common, Political Department, tel. +358  295  350  353
Finland may accede to the North Atlantic Treaty and become a member of NATO when all NATO member states have ratified Finland’s accession. So far, 28 away from 30 NATO member declares have ratified Finland’s crescendo. Ratifications by Türkiye plus Hungary are still pending. Legitimately, Parliament may consider the government proposal before all NATO member states have ratified Finland’s Accession Protocol. Right after Parliament has considered the particular proposal, the President from the Republic will decide on Finland’s accession to NATO. However , Finland’s instrument of jump may be deposited with the Federal government of the United States in its capacity because Depositary and Finland may become a member of NATO just after all NATO member claims have ratified Finland’s Jump Protocol and the NATO Secretary General has invited Finland to join the Alliance.
The Finnish Government submitted a proposal on Finland’s crescendo to NATO to Parliament on 5 December. The consultation on the draft offer generated about 1, six hundred responses. The Government reviewed the particular proposal based on the responses plus supplemented the rationale with specifications concerning cooperation between the Federal government and the President of the Republic, Parliament’s role in the handling of NATO matters and making decisions on them, as well as the status of Åland Island destinations under international law.


The Government proposes that will Parliament approve the North Atlantic Treaty and the Agreement on the Status of the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization, Nationwide Representatives and International Personnel. The North Atlantic Treaty establishes the North Ocean Treaty Organization (NATO) and defines the principles regulating the activities of the Alliance as well as the obligations of its members. The Agreement on the Status from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, National Representatives and Worldwide Staff, known as the Ottawa Agreement, defines the status of NATO as a legal individual and the privileges and immunities of NATO staff.
Finland’s NATO membership will have economic results and human resources effects, which will be specified once Finland turns into a member.
Pirjo Tulokas, Director General of Administrative Services, tel. +358  295  351  413
Kaija Suvanto, Director General of Legal Service, tel. +358  295  351  159
Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Secretary of State, tel. +358  295  350  431
The federal government proposal gives a concise explanation of NATO’s history, the contents of the North Ocean Treaty and the Ottawa Contract, Finland’s accession talks, and the activities, tasks and decision-making of NATO. In addition , the particular proposal examines the effects for the existing legislation. The federal government assesses that the existing legislation allows Finland to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty and to the Ottawa Contract, and the resulting obligations do not require any immediate changes to national legislation.
Hanna Nordström, Director of Legal Matters, tel. +358  295  140  600, hanna. nordstrom@gov. fi
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
The proposal proves that the North Atlantic Treaty would not be a problem just for Finland’s sovereignty and participation in international cooperation which Finland’s accession to the Treaty would not constitute a significant exchange of competence to an global organisation. Therefore , Parliament might make the decision to adopt the Treaty by a simple majority election.


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