Finnish troops could be deployed abroad to provide military assistance under extraordinary circumstances according to a proposal presented by the Government, confirms Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence.
A question about the possibility of introducing a statutory obligation to personnel of the Finnish Defence Forces to participate in the provision of military assistance abroad was posed by Paavo Arhinmäki (Left Alliance), Timo Heinonen (NCP), Emma Kari (Greens) and Jari Myllykoski (Left Alliance) during a parliamentary plenary session on Tuesday.
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Nokia has reported that its turnover fell sharply in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period one year earlier.
The turnover of the network equipment manufacturer decreased by 500 million euros to 5.6 billion euros over the first three months of the year, representing a year-on-year decline of 9 per cent and a quarter-on-quarter decline of 27 per cent.
Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), a vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has confirmed that he will not seek election as chairperson of the National Coalition Party and will instead lend his support to Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, in the leadership race.
“I believe – and hope – Orpo will win the ongoing race. I also believe he is smart enough not to make too many promises. I hope the party faithful do not place unrealistic expectations on him,” he writes on his website.
Greece may need and receive further assistance to cope with its financial woes, admits Jyrki Katainen (NCP), a Vice-President of the European Commission.
“Greece has a programme that will take a couple of years to complete and will be subjected regularly to interim reviews – once every couple of months. A condition for every loan instalment is that Greece has done its homework […],” he said at a lunch event organised by the Finnish Association of Political Journalists on Monday.
Finland registered a year-on-year drop of ten per cent in the value of its exports in March, indicate preliminary data published by Finnish Customs.
Finnish Customs reminds in its press release that the 500 million euro decline in the monthly value of exports is partially attributable to the fact that the value of goods exported from the country peaked at 4.9 billion euros in March 2015.
Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, reveals that he has made it a priority to foster the relations between Finland and the United States.
Soini estimated in his speech to the Paasikivi Society on Monday that the United States has had no choice but to fortify its presence in Europe due to the recent actions of Russia and that the growing presence has contributed towards the objective of Finland to promote security and stability in the Baltic Sea Region.
More than a hundred Members of the Parliament have declare their support to a bill drafted to reduce the amount of food loss and waste, reveals Hanna Sarkkinen (Left Alliance).
Sarkkinen and the five other sponsors of the bill propose that all food that is not sold for human consumption despite being edible be handed over to non-profit organisations for distribution to disadvantaged households.
Rents have continued to rise steadily despite the relatively stagnant consumer prices in Finland, according to Statistics Finland.
The statistical institution reported on Friday that rents crept up by 2.8 per cent year-on-year over the first three months of the year as the rents of non-subsidised dwellings increased by an average of 2.6 per cent and those of state-subsidised dwellings by an average of 3.0 per cent nationwide.
A proposal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to the European Union has come under criticism from both politicians and researchers in Finland.
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday that the visa requirements be lifted by the end of June due to the progress Turkey has made in meeting the benchmarks of the roadmap towards the visa-free regime, particularly over the past couple of weeks.
Vesa Vihriälä, the managing director at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla), has dismissed claims made in the public debate that a new mood of frugality among consumers is to blame for the sluggish economic growth rate of Finland.
“Private consumption was more than five per cent higher last year than at the onset of the crisis in 2008,” he points out in a guest contribution to Helsingin Sanomat.
Timo Soini, the chairperson of the Finns Party, has expressed his disappointment with the results of a recent poll by YLE.
The national broadcasting company reported earlier this week that public support for the Finns Party has halved since the parliamentary elections of 2015, after falling by another one percentage point to 8.5 per cent between March and April.
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