Embassy Helsinki’s Political-Economic Affairs Section is responsible for the full range of bilateral political and economic policy relations between Finland and the United States, as well as numerous multilateral and EU-related issues. The section is the Embassy’s primary working-level point of contact with the Finnish Government. Its members work to secure U.S. bilateral policy goals in our relations with Finland and multilateral policy goals in the Nordic-Baltic region, the EU and beyond. These include, but are not limited to, major issues such as regional and global security, the Arctic, peacekeeping and crisis management operations, energy, the environment and climate change, law enforcement, extradition and treaty compliance issues, bilateral and multilateral (i.e. EU, WTO) trade and investment, science and technology, nuclear safety, civil aviation, strategic trade controls, intellectual property, human rights, trafficking-in-persons and counter-terrorism efforts.
The Political-Economic Affairs Section works primarily with contacts in the Finnish government ministries, but officers also maintain close ties to the Offices of the President and Prime Minister, the Finnish Parliament, political parties, private sector organizations, and NGOs. Section members report to the Department of State and the other U.S. government departments and agencies listed below on developments in Finland and in our bilateral relations, as well as more broadly in the region.
In close cooperation with the Public Affairs Section and the Commercial Section, the Political-Economic Affairs Section officers engage actively in a wide variety of outreach efforts with the Finnish media and public, as well as private and academic institutions seeking speakers on current topics. Section personnel also utilize traditional public diplomacy tools such as the International Visitor and Voluntary Visitor Programs to send key contacts to the United States to discuss security policies, the environment, border and immigration controls, trafficking-in-persons, etc., with their U.S. counterparts.
Political-Economic Affairs Section
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- Department of Commerce
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State – Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
- Department of Transportation
- Department of the Treasury
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- U.S. Trade Representative