The Finnish Space Committee brings national actors together
Space matters are by their nature horizontal and cross administrative boundaries. The perspectives of the various administrative branches are brought together by the Finnish Space Committee, which operates under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Provisions on the duties and composition of the Committee are set out in the Government Decree on the Finnish Space Committee (739/2019).
The Committee plays a key role in Finland’s space administration. The Committee steers the practical implementation of the national space strategy, and works to create a better operating environment for the space sector, better conditions for business and research, and closer cooperation between administrative branches. The Committee promotes international cooperation and Finland’s contribution in the space sector by participating in ESA programme selection and in the preparation of national opinions on space-related matters in the EU. Furthermore, it follows the sector’s national and international regulation, practices and developments, prepares proposals and issues statements on the direction of the sector’s regulation, administrative practices, financing and international cooperation, and promotes visibility and communication in the space sector.
Composition of the Finnish Space Committee 6 September 2019 - 5 September 2022 (update 20.4.2022):
Chair: Ilona Lundström, Director-General, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Vice-Chair: Kaisa Laitinen, Director of Unit, Ministry of Transport and Communications (from 30.3.2022) / Päivi Antikainen, Director of Unit, Ministry of Transport and Communications (up to 30.3.2022)
Paavo-Petri Ahonen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture
Matti Anttila, Business Development Director, Huld Ltd/Association of Finnish Defence and Aero-space Industries AFDA (from 19.4.2021) / Veera Sylvius, CEO, Space Systems Finland Ltd/Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries AFDA (up to 19.4.2021)
Tanja Jääskeläinen, Deputy Director-General, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Kimmo Kanto, Head of Space, Business Finland
Jussi Kaurola, Director General, Finnish Meteorological Institute (from 27.8.2020) / Juhani Damski, Director General, Finnish Meteorological Institute (up to 27.8.2020)
Kai Knape, Security Director, Ministry of Defence
Janne Koivukoski, Deputy Director General for Rescue Services, Ministry of the Interior
Susan Linko, Director,Academy of Finland
Juha-Matti Liukkonen, Director, Reaktor Group/Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries AFDA
Pentti Lähteenoja, Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Minna Palmroth, Professor, University of Helsinki/Finnish National Committee on Space Research COSPAR
Tanja Suni, Research Director, Ministry of the Environment
The Committee has a secretariat appointed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
In addition, there are six working groups for intersectoral preparation.