Trade policy and external economic relations
In Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs bears the main responsibility for trade policy. However, the policies are often closely connected with the branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and our Ministry is actively involved in the policy-making processes, for example, through EU sub-committees. External economic relations and activities promoting internationalisation are supported by the Team Finland network.
Trade policy influences the import and export conditions of agricultural products and food and has an impact on aid rules, which guide the achievement of agricultural policy objectives. Trade policy is largely based on international agreements. Like agricultural policy, it is also an EU competence.