The new President-elect of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is set to publish the distribution of portfolios for the future Commission by tomorrow, at the latest.
Hereby, also Jyrki Katainen’s (NCP) future post in the new Commission will be declared. According to several EU sources, Katainen will become the Vice-President of the Commission whose responsibilities will possibly include growth and employment. As the Vice-President, he would not get his own portfolio but would be monitoring and coordinating the work of the back-benchers in the Commission. Most likely, at least the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs will be subordinate to him. This post is believed to be bestowed to France’s Pierre Moscovici.
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The managing director of Voimaosakeyhtiö SF Pekka Ottavainen has been dismissed, reports MTV3.
When Jyrki Katainen became a Commissioner in July, 32 year old Elina Lepomäki took his seat in the Parliament. Before that, Lepomäki was Research Director for Libera, a liberal think tank. The new MP promotes a strict, liberal economic policy. Opening municipal services to competition, and allowing income differences and the limit for retirement to grow are within her policy prescriptions. Lepomäki, however, does not see herself as a champion for liberal views.
“Discussions in Finland are easiest undermined by putting people and ideas in a certain mould. I, however, do not see that myself in any idological box.”
The leaders of the conservative Laestadian revival movement are mulling over measures to help large families struggling to cope. Viljo Juntunen, the head of the Laestadian movement’s umbrella organisation, the Central Association of the Finnish Associations of Peace (SRK), expresses a wish that parents would talk about their problems more openly.
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Finnish video game developer Supercell holds the top spot measured in global sales, says App Annie, company collecting data on the sale of apps.
The three games released by the company all figure in the list of top ten sellers when the sales for Apple’s iOS and Android platforms are included in the figures. Of game apps, Supercell’s strategy-based game Clash of Clans generated the highest turnover.
Finland is no longer able to keep step with the budgetary rules introduced by the European Union, with revised projections suggesting that the country will fall short of the yearly objective for structural deficit both in 2014 and 2015.
No more than a few months ago, the country appeared to be on the right path with respect to its structural deficit. However, the circumstances have changed dramatically over the summer months.
Young men lying on the ground being kicked in the sides by their peers. Baseball bats, bloody faces and police officers scrambling to take control of the situation.
Such was the sight in front of Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, in Tikkurila on Saturday evening.
The Helsinki Central Library is too expensive a project and must be abandoned, view at least 14 of the 85 members on the City Council of Helsinki.
Terhi Koulumies, a deputy chairperson of the National Coalition group on the City Council, proposed in February that Helsinki abandon the roughly 94 million euro construction project. Thus far, her proposal has been signed by 13 of her fellow councillors.
Three years ago, an unknown man with a brown leather briefcase appeared on the doorstep of Jari Louhelainen in Liverpool.
“Here's something that might interest you,” the man said, after introducing himself as Russell Edwards. The contents of the briefcase has allowed Louhelainen to determine the identity of the infamous serial killer that held London in the cold clutch of fear 126 years ago, Jack the Ripper.
The Government has given its blessing to the outsourcing plans of Finnair, much to the dismay of the Finnish Cabin Crew Union (SLSY).
Eero Heliövaara, the director general of the Government Ownership Steering Department, highlighted in an interview with STT that Finnair is in desperate need of substantial savings after failing to agree on sufficient cost-cutting measures with its cabin crew personnel. As a result, he said, the airline has no choice but to outsource cabin crew services on select long-haul routes.
Antti Rinne (SDP), the Minister of Finance, has lashed out at Pia Kauma (NCP) for encouraging the “circulation of unfounded myths” with her “irresponsible” comments on pushchairs.
On the web-page of the SDP, Rinne writes that the ongoing debate over the benefits received by immigrants from the social services must stop and that those responsible for kindling the debate should apologise.
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