The top priority for Finland's foreign and security policy is the preservation of stability within the Nordic and Baltic countries. Finland will continue its active foreign and security policy, the cornerstones of which rest on solid relations with neighbours, international co-operation, military non-alliance and our own reinforced defence based on a universal military service and nationwide defence.
Finland will develop its peacekeeping partnership with NATO and uphold the possibility to seek NATO membership, if the Government and Finnish national vote should someday reach a new resolution. The defence co-operation with Sweden must be further intensified.
We must invest to protect ourselves from new threats, such as cyber-attacks. As a leading nation in technology, Finland can develop cyber security and integrity protection into a new growth industry.
Co-operation with the Nordic countries must be intensified, for example, within arctic policies and the the EU and UN, particularly when concerning the advancement of human rights. Our international actions and development assistance must emphasise peacekeeping, human rights, and efforts to combat major threats to humankind, including climate change, poverty and shortages of food, water and energy. Food security - the act of ensuring sufficient nourishment for everyone - must be lifted to the forefront of Finland's development policy.
The key task for the European Union remains the maintenance of peace and stability within our continent and the world at large. Finland must maintain its constructive, goal-directed and timely influence within the EU, while also safeguarding the national interests attributable to our special circumstances. The Union must focus on the big issues, stop overly interfering with details and start giving the member states more latitude. Co-operation between the member states of the EU must be more pragmatic. We all must comply with the jointly agreed rules and regulations.
The internal security must be strengthened. Our police, ambulance and rescue units must be able to reach emergency sites rapidly. The emergency and rescue infrastructure must support voluntary activities, such as contract fire brigades, and eliminate any obstacles to such activities. In exceptional situations, such as extensive storm destruction or power failures, it is essential to ensure the flow of information and access to help.