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Ministry of Employment and the Economy: Units and Departments

Corporate steering unit

The Unit is headed by Permanent Secretary Erkki Virtanen


Knowledge Management Department

The Department is headed by Director-General Markku Wallin.



  • Research and  foresight,  Heikki Räisänen
  • Management of services and information administration; Sirpa Alitalo

  • IT services, Jaakko Jokela
  • eServices, Kari Rintanen
  • Information management, Tiina Tikka


Employment and Entrepreneurship Department

The Department is headed by Director-General Tuija Oivo.



  • Entrepreneurship development and enterprise support, Heikki Vesa
  • Employment and enterprise services, Jarmo Palm
  • Competencies and quality of working life, Teija Felt
  • Structural unemployment and livelihood, Päivi Kerminen
  • Integration of immigrants, Kristina Stenman

Labour and Trade Department

The Department is headed by Director-General Pekka Timonen.



  • Better regulation, Pasi Järvinen
  • Labour law, Tarja Kröger
  • Internal market policy and business law, Antti Riivari
  • Consumer policy and technical regulation, Tomi Lounema
  • Competition policy, Elise Pekkala

Enterprise and Innovation Department

 The Department is headed by Director-General Petri Peltonen.



  • Enterprise policy, Sakari Immonen
  • Innovation policy, Petri Lehto
  • Strategic growth branches, Mika Aalto
  • Exports and international investments, Severi Keinälä
  • Guidance and economy, Marjukka Aarnio

Energy department

The Department is headed by Director-General  Esa Härmälä.



  • Energy markets, Petteri Kuuva
  • Renewable energy and emissions trading, Päivi Janka
  • Energy efficiency and growth, Timo Ritonummi
  • Nuclear energy and fuels, Herkko Plit
  • Energy Department headquarters, Sirkka Vilkamo

Regional Department

The Department is headed by Director-General Taina Susiluoto.



  • Coordination and finance, Mari Anttikoski
  • Regional governance and policies, Marja-Riitta Pihlman
  • Structural change and international cooperation, Tapani Mattila
  • Structural fund, Kaisa-Leena Lintilä

Other units

Media and Communications Unit,  Director of Communications Mervi Liukkonen

Human Resources and Administration Unit, Director of Human Resources Kari Mäkinen

Internal auditing, Director of Audit Unit Juha Pekka Niemi


Page last updated: 03.03.2015