Piles of coal outside the Hanasaari Power Plant in Helsinki on 26 December 2015. The Finnish government has tabled a proposal to prohibit the use of coal for energy production by 1 May 2029. (Credit: Timo Jaakonaho – Lehtikuva)
Piles of coal outside the Hanasaari Power Plant in Helsinki on 26 December 2015. The Finnish government has tabled a proposal to prohibit the use of coal for energy production by 1 May 2029. (Credit: Timo Jaakonaho – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government re-affirmed its commitment to combating climate change by submitting two legislative proposals to the Parliament on Thursday.

One of the proposals would promote the use of biofuels in transport and that of biogas-fuels in heating and manufacturing. The other, in turn, would prohibit the use of coal for energy production as of 1 May 2029.

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Slightly over a half (52%) of Finns are supportive of adopting winter time on a permanent basis, according to an online survey launched by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Slightly over a half (52%) of Finns are supportive of adopting winter time on a permanent basis, according to an online survey launched by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Most Finns are of the opinion that the seasonal switch between summer and winter time should be abolished.

However, their opinions on which of the two time zones should be adopted permanently are divided almost evenly: The Ministry of Transport and Communications on Wednesday reported that 238,000 (52%) of respondents to its online survey stated their preference for winter time and (48%) 216,000 for summer time.

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Most Members of the Finnish Parliament expressed their support the government and its employment policy approach in a vote held in the Parliament on Wednesday, 17 October. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Most Members of the Finnish Parliament expressed their support the government and its employment policy approach in a vote held in the Parliament on Wednesday, 17 October. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government and its employment policy approach continue to enjoy the confidence of most Members of the Parliament.

Members of the Parliament on Wednesday voted 101 for and 73 against the government following a parliamentary debate held one day earlier on the employment policy approach and measures required to encourage hiring by small businesses.

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Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, views that cars, heating and meat-eating are the most pressing climate issues in Finland. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, views that cars, heating and meat-eating are the most pressing climate issues in Finland. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

Cars, heating and meat-eating are the key climate problems in Finland, views Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior.

Mykkänen on Monday said Finland will have no choice but to introduce sweeping changes to address the problems following an updated estimate of the pace of global warming published earlier this month by experts at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Ilja Janitskin, the founder and frontman of MV-Lehti, was yesterday found guilty of a total of 16 offences, including three counts of aggravated defamation and two counts of ethnic agitation. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)
Ilja Janitskin, the founder and frontman of MV-Lehti, was yesterday found guilty of a total of 16 offences, including three counts of aggravated defamation and two counts of ethnic agitation. (Credit: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Ilja Janitskin, the founder and frontman of the anti-immigrant online publication MV-Lehti, has been sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison.

The District Court of Helsinki on Thursday found him guilty of a total of 16 criminal charges, including three counts of aggravated defamation, two counts of ethnic agitation, and a slew of copyright and secrecy offences.

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The European Commission has drafted a directive in a bid to improve the position of small agricultural and food producers in the food supply chain. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
The European Commission has drafted a directive in a bid to improve the position of small agricultural and food producers in the food supply chain. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The European Parliament is next week set to discuss a directive proposal that would prohibit certain operating models of Finnish grocery retailers.

The proposal has been subject to a series of last-minute amendments by the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, which would, for example, prohibit grocery retailers from forming procurement consortia in order to maximise their bargaining position and leverage the economies of scale.

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Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, reminds that the economic, environmental and safety-related impacts of the rail infrastructure project remain unknown. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, reminds that the economic, environmental and safety-related impacts of the rail infrastructure project remain unknown. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, reveals that the proposed fast-speed rail connection between Helsinki and Turku could be completed in 2031.

Approximately 40 million euros has been earmarked for planning the rail high-speed connection, which would reduce travel times between the two cities by 45 minutes – to roughly one hour and 13 minutes – by effectively taking a shortcut through Lohja and Salo.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) addressed the Finnish Parliament as it debated his government’s statement on employment policy direction and measures to encourage small businesses to hire employees. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) addressed the Finnish Parliament as it debated his government’s statement on employment policy direction and measures to encourage small businesses to hire employees. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) says his government will continue to move forward with its much-discussed proposal to ease laying off for small businesses.

“The Parliament has clearly determined across the government—opposition divide that we should proceed with the employment policy measures that have produced results, including [the proposal to adjust protection against unilateral termination at small businesses],” he stated after the government’s policy approach won the backing of 101 Members of the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday.

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“Employment is massively important for the public economy. We’re talking about funding hospitals, daycare centres and care for ageing people,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) said in the Parliament on Tuesday. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
“Employment is massively important for the public economy. We’re talking about funding hospitals, daycare centres and care for ageing people,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) said in the Parliament on Tuesday. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government’s economic policy has benefited especially the roughly 100,000 people who have found a way out of unemployment over the past couple of years, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“When you take into consideration the employment impact of the government’s decisions, you can see that income inequalities have only increased moderately or not at all despite the difficult decisions,” he stated in the Finnish Parliament on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (centre), Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (right) and Kalle Jokinen (left), the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, talked to the media in a news conference in Helsinki on Thursday, 11 October. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (centre), Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (right) and Kalle Jokinen (left), the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, talked to the media in a news conference in Helsinki on Thursday, 11 October. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government has, as promised, issued a statement on its employment policy approach to the Parliament, which will debate the statement tomorrow and vote on it on Wednesday.

The statement has been widely regarded as a means to present for parliamentary consideration a much-discussed government proposal for allowing businesses with no more than 10 employees to make lay-offs on personal grounds.

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The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors in Finland (JHL) announced on Wednesday it will stage a two-day strike in protest of a controversial government proposal designed to encourage hiring by small businesses. (Credit: Mesut Turan – Lehtikuva)
The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors in Finland (JHL) announced on Wednesday it will stage a two-day strike in protest of a controversial government proposal designed to encourage hiring by small businesses. (Credit: Mesut Turan – Lehtikuva)

 

The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors in Finland (JHL) has announced it will launch a two-day strike in protest of a government proposal to make laying off easier for small businesses.

JHL on Wednesday revealed that over 10,000 of its members from the cleaning, food services, property maintenance and sports and culture service industries will participate in the political strike as of Monday, 22 October.

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Eero Heinäluoma (SDP) on Tuesday voiced his puzzlement with the absence of key cabinet members during a parliamentary debate on a government statement on the employment policy line in Finland. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)
Eero Heinäluoma (SDP) on Tuesday voiced his puzzlement with the absence of key cabinet members during a parliamentary debate on a government statement on the employment policy line in Finland. (Credit: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva)

 

Members of the Finnish Parliament on Tuesday debated at length a government statement on its employment policy approach, but failed to make any progress in bridging the gulf between the ruling and opposition parties.

Some representatives, in fact, viewed that the government’s inability to justify its position only exacerbated the confusion surrounding its proposal to ease laying off for small businesses.

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Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, has yet to announce his timetable for resuming his duties at the helm of the opposition party. He has been on a sick leave for exhaustion-related reasons since mid-September. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)
Touko Aalto, the chairperson of the Green League, has yet to announce his timetable for resuming his duties at the helm of the opposition party. He has been on a sick leave for exhaustion-related reasons since mid-September. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

 

Kimmo Grönlund, a professor of political science at Åbo Akademi University, says the autumn has not been good for the Finnish Green League.

The opposition party is seemingly at a loss at how to reverse its downward slide in opinion polls, with its popularity falling by one percentage point to 11.6 per cent, according to YLE, and by 0.8 percentage points to 12.3 per cent, according to Alma Media, in September.

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