Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Employment and Justice, has shed further light on the measures drawn up by the Government to remove inactivity traps and encourage job seeking.
He revealed in a news conference yesterday that the measures would oblige job seekers to accept a wider variety of full-time job offers – even ones that do not match their occupational skills and experiences and ones that provide a wage lower than unemployment benefits.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, reveals on his blog that the proposal unveiled yesterday by Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, to de-regulate the taxi industry does not enjoy the unanimous support of the Government.
“The Finns Party opposes the de-regulation of taxi licences. We will not allow [the industry to be turned into] a Wild West,” he writes.
Erkka Railo, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies of the University of Turku, estimates that the rifts that have arisen within the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are indications of exacerbating class differences in Finland.
“The reasons for the rebellions within the National Coalition and the Social Democrats are the same: class differences have exacerbated in the Finnish society,” he writes in a blog published in Turkulainen.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has voiced his concerns about the growing number of undocumented migrants in Finland and Europe.
“It's perfectly clear that tens if not hundreds of thousands of people whose identity and whereabouts is unknown are lost in Europe. It's a real threat that those who aren't granted asylum stay on as undocumented [migrants],” he stated while attending an event held by the Finnish Association of Political Journalists on Thursday.
Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has shared his thoughts on why Finland has had to constantly re-assure the rest of the world that it is part of the West.
Stubb argued on his blog while attending the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington DC, the United States, that although Finland has a functional and practical relationship with Russia, its position as part of the West should not be called into question.
The total fertility rate in Finland has dropped to its lowest level since 1868.
Statistics Finland reported on Thursday that last year the number of births dropped by 1,760 year-on-year – almost twice as much as one year earlier – to 55,472, close to the levels recorded during the famine of 1866–1868.
Timo Soini, the long-term chairperson of the Finns Party, says he will not run in the presidential elections of 2018.
Soini squelched what would have been an inevitable speculation about his possible candidacy while attending an event of the Finnish Association of Political Journalists in Helsinki on Thursday. “I will not,” he responded to a question about whether or not he is willing to hit the campaign trail once the campaign period kicks off in 2017.
The Federation of Salaried Employees (Pardia) has declared its decision to withdraw from the preliminary discussions over the establishment of a new central organisation following a meeting of its executive board on Tuesday.
“Pardia will not continue the possible further deliberations over the establishment of a new central organisation,” it states in a press release.
Arto Satonen, the chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, has announced his decision to donate his salary raise to charity.
The Remuneration Committee of the Parliament stated earlier this week that it has decided to increase the salaries of Members of the Parliament by 0.43 per cent effective on 1 February, 2016, prompting a flurry of outraged comments on social media due to the austerity measures introduced in other sectors of the society.
President Sauli Niinistö has dismissed the criticism levelled against the agreement reached by Finland and Russia to reduce cross-border traffic into Eastern Lapland.
“There were enormous concerns – even overstated ones, also in the media – that the people who are crossing the border to Finland to apply for asylum, that there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of them in Russia,” he stated during his visit to Ivalo, Eastern Lapland.
A group of young people from Espoo are set to face a slew of criminal charges for their involvement in a drug trafficking ring exposed by the Finnish Customs and Western Uusimaa Police Department.
The investigators have seized a batch of alprazolam, a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety agent, worth approximately 280,000 euros and designer drugs worth approximately 25,000 euros during the course of the now-completed pre-trial investigation.
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