Permanent Secretary

The Ministry’s most senior public official is the Permanent Secretary. Ilkka Salmi has been appointed to the post of Permanent Secretary. He will take up his duties on 1 July 2018. Until the end of June, the Acting Permanent Secretary is Esko Koskinen, Director General for Rescue Services.

The Permanent Secretary assists the Minister in directing, developing and monitoring the work of the Ministry and the agencies within its branch of government. The Permanent Secretary leads the Ministry’s strategic planning and coordinates its implementation, is responsible for effective internal control, assists the Minister in planning, implementing and monitoring broad-based issues, and manages performance guidance within the Ministry’s administrative branch.

Contact details: Annamaija Vihervirta, Secretary to the Permanent Secretary, tel. +358 29 541 8804