Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is keeping close tabs on the effects of the new Russian citizenship legislation. Teemu Turunen, the head of the Foreign Ministry's Unit for Consular Assistance, says that Finnish authorities are taking an interest in the law reform as it concerns also Russians living in Finland.
However, Finland has no intention of intervening in the implementation of the law as all countries make the decisions concerning their citizens' rights and responsibilities themselves, emphasises Tiina Sinkkanen, a legal expert from the Ministry of the Interior.
Around 20 cars with Estonian number plates stand on the side of Tanhuantie in Kontula, Helsinki on an ordinary weekday, accounting for around a quarter of the cars parked on the street.
The reason for the high number of Estonian cars is VVO's building, where several flats are rented by groups of Estonian workmen with jobs in Finland.
"There are three of us sharing a two-bedroom flat," says Heiki Soots from Tallinn, adding: "We all have our cars parked on the street."
On the basis of casual observation, the number of Estonian number plates has rocketed in the capital region in recent years.
More than a quarter of cars registered in Estonia or elsewhere abroad were found to violate road tax laws in spot checks organised by the police and customs in the capital region on Tuesday to crack down on illegally driven cars.
According to the police, the number is higher than in previous checks.
The customs will continue investigating the cases, in some of which the owners may have a valid reason for not having registered their vehicle in Finland.
He says that some Finns try to evade vehicle taxes by registering their cars in Estonia.
Itella announced on Thursday that it will start yet another round of consultative negotiations with its personnel next week in order to reduce a maximum of 319 staff members. The redundancies, the provider of postal and logistics services said, are part of an effort to generate savings of 75 million euros over the next two years.
Heikki Malinen, the CEO at Itella, revealed that the redundancies and cost-cutting programme are associated with major changes in the postal sector.
After wrapping up its budget session on Thursday, the Government of Prime Minister Alexander Stubb (NCP) has urged labour market organisations to thrash out an agreement on a reform of the Finnish pension system.
“Hopefully, labour market organisations will now shoulder their responsibility,” Stubb said while highlighting the significance of the reform.
If an agreement cannot be reached, he added, the Government is prepared to take action.
Microsoft has wrapped up the consultative negotiations it launched in Finland in July, announcing on Friday that it will shed a total of 1,050 positions and, in accordance with the initial plan, shut down its product development unit in Oulu.
The unit has provided employment to roughly 500 people.
Four lorries transporting lactose-free Valio products are being held at the border between Finland and Russia, after officials on the Russian side of the border claimed that the lactose-free products lack the requisite certificates.
Valio was on Thursday puzzled by the claims, pointing out that the products in question have been previously exported to Russia without such hurdles. “A new demand came out of nowhere,” said Pia Kontunen, the director of communications at the Finnish dairy company.
The start-up CyberLightning has announced it has raised 3.2 million euros from a variety of private and public investors. It plans to use the funds to accelerate its growth and expand internationally.
Finland has announced its intention to sign a Host Nation Support memorandum of understanding with Nato to effectively allow troops from the defence alliance to train on Finnish soil and to provide assistance in the event of accident, crisis or conflict.
However, the memorandum does not allow Nato to deploy troops in Finland without a specific request, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, emphasised on Wednesday.
The repeated airspace violations by Russian aircraft are unendurable, Carl Haglund (SFP), the Minister of Defence, said on Thursday, after yet another Russian aircraft had reportedly drifted into Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland.
“This is regrettable news because it is already the third incident in a week,” he told reporters outside the House of the Estates.
The significance of the activity and bilateral foreign policy of Finland will increase, although the country remains firmly committed to the decisions of the European Union, key foreign policy-makers summarised as the Annual Meeting of Finnish Heads of Mission continued in Helsinki on Wednesday.
President Sauli Niinistö estimated that Finland must act independently in foreign policy – also and particularly during the crisis in Ukraine.
Information obtained by Helsingin Sanomat indicates that the ruling parties have arrived at a consensus on the tax treatment of families with children.
The so-called child deduction, a measure devised to offset the controversial child benefit cuts, is to be extended to a greater number of Finnish families than originally proposed by the Minister of Finance, Antti Rinne (SDP).
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