The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) has announced its decision to fund and develop a webshop allowing consumers to buy food directly from producers and small and medium members of the food industry.
MTK will participate in the project through Viestilehdet Oy, a leading producer of agriculture-related contents in Finland.
Hanna Mäntylä (PS) has announced her decision to relinquish the office of the Minister of Social Affairs and Health.
Mäntylä said in a press conference yesterday that the reasons for her resignation are personal: she revealed that one of her family members has fallen ill and that, as a single parent, she has had to think about what kind of a mother she wants to be, reports Suomen Uutiset, the official mouthpiece of the Finns Party.
The European Union has lost a significant part of its soft power in Russia. It is no longer viewed as a success story worth being a part of, or developing a partnership with.
A call for strategic cooperation between Europe and Russia, which implies normalization of relations and the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia as the first step, can often be heard across European capitals and Brussels. Business representatives count on reviving export opportunities to spur new growth, and politicians hope to jointly address security challenges, with the crisis in the Middle East, terrorism, and migration being at the top of the list.
The Central Association of Finnish Pensioners' (EKL) warning about the consequences of cuts in social security benefits seems to have fallen on deaf ears as the cuts remain a part of the budget proposal unveiled by the Ministry of Finance on Thursday.
Particularly disappointing was the decision to reduce index-based benefits to generate cost savings of roughly 195 million euros, according to EKL.
Daycare fees should be cut dramatically, states the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).
“Income-based daycare fees, together with housing allowances that decrease as income increases, give rise to a substantial inactivity trap problem,” it argues, adding that the cut in daycare fees could be funded by lowering housing allowances.
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) believes it is necessary to take action to promote the employment of childbearing-aged women.
Olli Koski, the chief economist at SAK, pointed out in a press conference yesterday that the employment rate for 25–44-year-old women is considerably lower in Finland than in Sweden, estimating that were it not for the difference, the overall employment rate would be 1.5 percentage points higher in Finland.
Real food prices declined by seven per cent in Finland between 1994 and June 2016, Ilkka Lehtinen, a senior adviser at Statistics Finland, writes in a blog.
The decline represents cost savings of 210 euros per year for the average consumer – a consumer spending 3,000 euros on food every year, Taavi Heikkilä, the managing director of the S Group, reveals in an interview with Uusi Suomi.
The mercury may climb to around 20–24 degrees Celsius by the end of the this week, says Joanna Rinne, a meteorologist at Foreca.
“The weather maps for next week show that there is a possibility of warmer weather as the low-pressure system in our upper atmosphere loosens its grip and makes way for a possible flow of warm air from the south-east,” she writes in a blog published by the private weather forecasting company.
Over 7,700 asylum seekers left or were removed from Finland during the course of 2015, confirms Esko Repo, the head of asylum affairs at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).
Uusi Suomi asked him to comment on the issue after Simon Elo (PS), a first-term Member of the Parliament, estimated in his blog that most of the additional 3,000 applicants whose whereabouts remain unknown to the authorities havealso left the country. “A total of 9,000–10,000 applicants who arrived in the country as part of last year's massive wave of asylum seekers have already left or been removed from Finland,” wrote Elo.
Fennovoima has been accused by its employees of strong-arm techniques, poor management and ignoring safety concerns, reports YLE.
The national broadcasting company writes, citing an audit report obtained from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK), that experts employed by the nuclear energy consortium have been pressured, even into resigning, for expressing their safety concerns about the power plant that is under construction in Pyhäjoki, Northern Ostrobothnia.