Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) has declared that an agreement on the government programme and the distribution of ministerial portfolios has been reached.
He also insisted that although the coalition negotiations had dragged on later than expected on Tuesday no major hurdles were encountered in the final stretch of the negotiations. “It wasn't all that tough. Distributing the portfolios is easy after the programme has been agreed upon,” he stated.
The European Commission is expected to unveil its proposal on how to relocate roughly 40,000 asylum seekers within the European Union on Wednesday.
Reuters on Friday reported that the European Commission is eager to relocate asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Greece and Italy across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.
The next government has no plans to abolish the Ministry of the Environment.
Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) revealed in a news conference on Monday that participants in the coalition negotiations were presented a variety of proposals for ministry consolidations but decided not to implement any of them.
Finns are concerned about the economy and their own ability to cope with mounting bills, finds a study carried out recently by Nielsen.
Unemployment, however, is not as big a concern in Finland as it is in the European Union on an average. Unemployment is either the biggest or second biggest concern for nearly one-fourth of people in the European Union, while only one-eight of Finns admitted to being concerned about unemployment in the study.
Participants in the coalition negotiations have agreed to invest roughly 1.6 billion euros in measures promoting employment and economic growth in an attempt to offset the upcoming spending cuts.
Most of the funds will be allocated to a variety of spearhead projects and some to road and railway development projects, Prime Minister-designate Juha Sipilä (Centre) clarified on Sunday evening.
Finns' confidence in the national pension system is deteriorating, suggests a survey published by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK).
The survey, Trust in Pension Security, indicates that only one-third of Finns currently have confidence in the ability of the system to deliver pension promises in the future, representing a decline of roughly five percentage points from the previous edition of the survey released in 2011.
Toimi Kankaanniemi has admitted to approaching several women with sexually suggestive messages and will, consequently, no longer represent the Finns Party in the coalition negotiations.
He was on Monday asked to resume his regular duties as Member of Parliament by Jari Lindström, the chairperson of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group. Lindström determined with Timo Soini, the chairperson of the Finns Party, that no further punitive action will be taken against Kankaanniemi.
The Helsinki Court of Appeal on Wednesday overturned the prison sentence handed down to a 25-year-old woman for plotting a massacre at the University of Helsinki, after ruling her incompetent to stand trial.
The three year and one month prison sentence of the other defendant, Josef Andrei Hannu (25), was upheld by the court.
Problems began to pile up almost immediately after Jari Aarnio was appointed as the head of drug enforcement at the Helsinki Police Department in September 1999 as his squad struggled to get along with other units investigating drug offences.
The problems are laid out in previously unreleased reports drawn up by the Police Command of Finland.
The City of Helsinki loses roughly 50—60 million euros a year in tax revenue due to shadow economy activities, the Audit Department of Helsinki estimates.
A report published by the Tax Administration on Tuesday nevertheless shows that the city has succeeded in concentrating its purchases with companies that are more reliable than average through its efforts to fight the shadow economy.
Matti Vanhanen (Centre) has been appointed as the head of a housing task force to be established as part of the coalition negotiations.
The former Prime Minister revealed to Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday that a proposal to establish the task force was presented during the coalition negotiations on Friday and that the task force will concentrate on “major housing issues”. In particular, the task force will contemplate housing-related issues in the capital and other population centres.
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