Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini read a joint statement on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and removal of sanctions imposed against Iran.
The joint statement was read out in Vienna.
The joint statement will pave the way for removal of all sanctions.
Following is the full text of joint statement read by Zarif and Mogherini:
Today, we have reached Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Ever since Adoption Day, we worked hard and showed mutual commitment and collective will to finally bring the JCPOA to implementation. Today, six months after finalisation of the historic agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran has implemented its nuclear related commitments under the JCPOA.
Many Finns, including Members of the Parliament, have expressed their bewilderment with the fact that the taxes imposed on daily unemployment allowances are higher than those imposed on annual earnings not exceeding 38,000 euros, reveals Elina Pylkkänen, a financial counsellor at the Ministry of Finance.
The unemployed, for example, pay 21 per cent in taxes on an annual income of 12,000 euros, whereas the employed only pay 8.5 per cent on equivalent earnings, presuming that they are taxed according to the average municipal tax rate.
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The value of exports from Finland to Russia continued to plummet in 2015, suggest preliminary statistics published by the Finnish Customs on Monday.
The Finnish Customs reported that the value of exports to Russia fell sharply across all categories of export goods, by a total of 34 per cent year-on-year between January and November of 2015. The fall was not quite as severe as the 47 per cent decline in the value of exports to Russia witnessed in 2009 but notably sharper than the 13 per cent decline witnessed in 2014.
The assets of asylum seekers will determine the amount of reception allowance they are entitled to in Finland, states the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).
Finnish immigration authorities will not seize the personal assets of asylum seekers, unlike their counterparts in Denmark, but the decision on the reception allowance will be taken based on information about the assets.
Some of the five per cent productivity leap sought by the Government of Juha Sipilä (Centre) has already been achieved, estimates Olli Koski, the chief economist at the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).
His estimate is based on a report released by the Information Committee on Cost and Income Developments.
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Stockmann must bring about a turn for the better by the end of the year and will concentrate resolutely on improving the competitiveness and profitability of its core businesses, Per Thelin, the chief executive of the traditional retailer, states in an interview with Viisas Raha.
The iconic department store operator began shedding its loss-making operations in accordance with its new strategy at the beginning of last year: it has announced its decision to pull back from its loss-making operations in Russia after already offloading Seppälä, shuttering its loss-making beauty and fashion stores, and initiating the sale of Hobby Hall.
Astrid Thors (SFP), the High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), expressed her concerns about the plans to tighten the criteria for family reunifications in an interview on YLE TV1 on Monday.
Thors, a former Minister of Migration and European Affairs, warned that the tighter criteria may become an obstacle to the social integration of immigrants.
The rules on refugees should be updated as soon as possible because the flow of refugees to Europe will intensify considerably over the next two decades, estimates Osmo Soininvaara, a former chairperson of the Green League.
“My personal impression is that this tide of refugees is only the beginning. A considerably larger number of refugees will make their way to Europe over the next 20 years – not millions but tens of millions. Just look at the population projections for Africa! The rules should be re-considered because this tide alone has disoriented Europe,” Soininvaara writes on his blog.
Finland has decided to take in 600 Syrian refugees from Turkish camps as part of the yearly quota of 750 the country adopted in 2001.
Quota refugees differ from those who apply for asylum at the border or after entering the country. Quota refugees are selected from refugees who are already in a safe third country and have registered with the UNHCR. They are granted asylum immediately upon selection and transferred directly to houses prepared for them in Finnish municipalities. There, they start a normal life; the kids are put to school or daycare, and the adults start the integration process by learning Finnish.
A few years ago, I made a series of documentaries about quota refugees for the Finnish TV. My crew and I followed the whole process. We travelled to Iran with the 14-member selection committee and filmed the lives of some of the Afghan refugees in Tehran, the selection process and the cultural orientation course arranged afterwards, their trip to Finland, and settlement in their homes. We then followed their lives for the first five years.
The speech delivered by President Sauli Niinistö at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday was exceptional both in terms of its content and the subsequent reactions, Markku Jokisipilä, the director at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku, gauges in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
Jokisipilä is hesitant to estimate whether the speech and reactions were utterly unprecedented but acknowledges that the speech has stirred up an unusual flurry of comments and criticism.
President Sauli Niinistö did not mince his words in criticising the debate culture in Finland at the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on Wednesday.
“We have also become too accustomed to raising our voices at one another. Men, women, the tolerant, the intolerant and many others – including the police – have been criticised. We have indeed verbally abused each other in the most thoroughgoing manner,” he stated.
- “Caruna is using its customers to cover its grid acquisition costs while siphoning profits out of Finland”
- Vanhanen calls for closer co-operation between Finland and Sweden
- President Niinistö: “Anyone who knows the word ‘asylum’ can enter Europe and Finland”
- Finnish ecologist honoured for ground-breaking work
- Consumers' Union calls for legislative change to curb increases in electricity distribution charges
- Sipilä in media limelight for dropping his promise to accommodate asylum seekers
- Sipilä comes under severe criticism for education cuts
- A dozen companies have declared their interest in competing with VR
- “It's hard to imagine Russia isn't involved in flow of migrants to Finland”
- Increases in electricity distribution charges could be capped, says Rehn