Finland is in favour of taking action to prevent the unauthorised movement of asylum seekers within the European Union, says Timo Kurri, the director of immigration at the Ministry of the Interior.
“The EU wants to reduce the unauthorised movement of asylum seekers from one country to another during the asylum process by harmonising decision-making and the conditions in reception centres. Moving from one country to another makes it difficult to process asylum applications,” he writes in a recent blog entry.
Finland needs a swift and controlled generational change in order to take full advantage of its greatest asset, the competences of young people, estimates Reijo Karhinen, the chief executive officer of OP Financial Group.
Karhinen sees similarities between the current buzz around start-ups and the nationalism that arose in the country in the early 1900s.
The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) has has launched a pre-trial investigation into a campaign to raise funds for children orphaned by the Syrian Civil War.
Helsingin Sanomat reports that the investigation is related to the activities of Rami Adham, a Finnish-Syrian father of six who has received worldwide media attention for his efforts to smuggle toys into the besieged city of Aleppo. The objective of the investigation, the newspaper adds, is to determine whether or not the funds have been donated as intended and whether or not a permit for the fund-raising campaign had been acquired.
YLE is considering downsizing its production department in order to satisfy the requirements imposed by a parliamentary working group assigned to assess the funding and mission of the national broadcasting company.
The working group has stipulated that the broadcasting company must increase its content purchases from independent production companies in Finland and Europe by as much as 35 per cent by 2022.
Anna Kontula (Left Alliance) has voiced her concerns about the reluctance of trade unions to keep step with the times.
“The trade union movement has strongly profiled itself as a defender of ideas and structures that will lead to chaos in the long term. This is evident, for example, in the debate about [statutory] minimum wages that are opposed by the trade union movement,” she stated in a seminar last week.
The Finnish Government will have no choice but to consider introducing additional spending cuts in its framework session next spring unless the employment situation takes a turn for the better, estimates Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
“If the employment situation doesn't improve enough, we have to reverse the debt trend with spending cuts,” he said in an interview on YLE Radio 1 on Thursday.
Finland is moving ahead with its plan to levy a tax on sugary foods and beverages despite fierce opposition from the Finnish Food and Drinks Industries' Federation (ETL).
The Social Affairs and Health Committee of the Finnish Parliament announced yesterday its unanimous support for designing a new health-based tax on foods and beverages, demanding that the preparatory legislative work be started without delay.
Liisa Jaakonsaari (SDP), a Member of the European Parliament, has questioned the assurances given by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä that human rights remain a priority of the armament export policy of the Finnish Government.
Helsingin Sanomat reported yesterday that domestic armament manufacturers have exported sniper rifles to a number of countries involved in the Yemeni Civil War with the permission of the Government. The Government, the newspaper added, has also granted permits for the exports of armaments to dictatorships in Central Asia, representing a clear deviation from its previous export policy.
Heikki Pursiainen, the director of Libera, has questioned the necessity of disbursing generous, earnings-related parental benefits to high-income families.
“Parental benefits are heavily based on earnings. For example, a mother earning 5,000 euros a month as an engineer will receive over 4,000 euros a month in maternity allowances for the first few months and then almost 3,000 euros [a month] in maternity and parental allowances for the next eight months,” he writes on the website of the think tank.
Syria's ongoing conflict has exposed the weaknesses of the international community, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
“The senseless bombings of civilians and children continue and no one is able to do a thing. One has to ask how something like this is even possible in 2016,” he stated in his speech at an event organised by the Finnish Club on Tuesday.