Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, was the only Finnish MEP to vote against a proposal to begin negotiations for overhauling the so-called Dublin procedure.
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party, was the only Finnish MEP to vote against a proposal to begin negotiations for overhauling the so-called Dublin procedure.

 

The European Parliament on Thursday voted 390 to 175 in favour of commencing negotiations with member states for revising the Dublin Regulation, a regulation prescribing that the member state of first arrival is responsible for examining the application of an asylum seeker.

The objective of the overhaul is to create a fairer responsibility-sharing system for examining asylum applications between the member states.

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Silvia Modig (Left Alliance) has drawn attention to the importance of improving the flow of information between the authorities responsible for processing and acting on different types of residence permit applications.
Silvia Modig (Left Alliance) has drawn attention to the importance of improving the flow of information between the authorities responsible for processing and acting on different types of residence permit applications.

 

Silvia Modig (Left Alliance) has submitted a written question concerning the forced returns of unsuccessful asylum seekers who have yet to receive a decision on their employment-based residence permit applications.

The question falls within the purview of Paula Risikko (NCP), the Minister of the Interior.

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High demand for small rental homes has led to a situation where the difference in the rents of studio flats is marginal regardless of the size of the flat, says Timo Metsola, the board chairman of Vuokraturva.
High demand for small rental homes has led to a situation where the difference in the rents of studio flats is marginal regardless of the size of the flat, says Timo Metsola, the board chairman of Vuokraturva.

 

Rents continued to creep up in Finland between July and September.

Statistics Finland on Thursday reported that the rents of non-subsidised homes rose by 2.4 per cent year-on-year and those of government-subsidised homes by 2.6 per cent in the third quarter of the year. In Greater Helsinki, it added, the rents of non-subsidised homes increased by 2.3 per cent from the corresponding period last year.

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A photo dated 29 July, 2005, showing a parking meter in Helsinki.
A photo dated 29 July, 2005, showing a parking meter in Helsinki.

 

The City of Turku is believed to have lost a minimum of hundreds of thousands of euros because of a couple of pilfering employees.

The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) on Wednesday revealed that two people employed by the city are suspected of embezzling and stealing a considerable sum of money while performing their official duties – emptying parking meters.

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Four municipalities have decided to outsource the operations of the Central Hospital of Länsi-Pohja in Kemi to Mehiläinen, one of the leading private medical care providers in Finland.
Four municipalities have decided to outsource the operations of the Central Hospital of Länsi-Pohja in Kemi to Mehiläinen, one of the leading private medical care providers in Finland.

 

The social and health care reform would have prevented what is set to be the largest outsourcing of health care services in Finland, views Sari Sarkomaa (NCP), a member of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee.

Sarkomaa is referring to a decision made by four municipalities to outsource the operations of the Central Hospital of Länsi-Pohja in Kemi to Mehiläinen, a leading private medical care provider in Finland.

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A Safety Investigation Authority’s employee conducted measurements at a level crossing in Raasepori, Southern Finland, on 27 October, 2017, a day after a passenger train collided with an off-road military lorry at the crossing, claiming the lives of four people.
A Safety Investigation Authority’s employee conducted measurements at a level crossing in Raasepori, Southern Finland, on 27 October, 2017, a day after a passenger train collided with an off-road military lorry at the crossing, claiming the lives of four people.

 

The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority has called for the immediate closure of the level crossing that was the scene of a deadly collision between a passenger train and an off-road military lorry in Raasepori, Southern Finland, on 26 October.

Four people – one train passenger and three conscripts – lost their lives and several others were injured in the accident.

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Terrafame announced last week its plans to build a battery chemicals production plant adjacent to its zinc and nickel mine in Sotkamo, Northern Finland.
Terrafame announced last week its plans to build a battery chemicals production plant adjacent to its zinc and nickel mine in Sotkamo, Northern Finland.

 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has yet to convince the Green League that a miracle has been performed at the zinc and nickel mine of Terrafame in Sotkamo, Northern Finland.

Hanna Halmeenpää (Greens) concedes that the financial situation of the long-troubled mine has improved but reminds that there is no evidence that the mine has brought its long-standing environmental issues under control.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) spoke to the press after signing a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), an agreement to enhance defence co-operation in the EU, in Brussels, Belgium, on 13 November, 2017.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini (BR) spoke to the press after signing a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), an agreement to enhance defence co-operation in the EU, in Brussels, Belgium, on 13 November, 2017.

 

The Finnish culture of military non-alignment is not at risk despite deepening defence co-operation in the European Union, Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, asserted on Monday after he and his colleagues from 22 other member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco).

Pesco enables the participating member states to jointly develop defence capabilities, invest in development projects and enhance operational readiness.

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Timo Heinonen (NCP) called attention to the adverse health effects of the biannual turning of the clocks in his speech to the Finnish Parliament on Friday, 10 November, 2017.
Timo Heinonen (NCP) called attention to the adverse health effects of the biannual turning of the clocks in his speech to the Finnish Parliament on Friday, 10 November, 2017.

 

The Finnish Parliament on Friday voiced its unanimous support for a citizens’ initiative to abolish daylight savings time.

The government, however, will be unable to act on the initiative despite the overwhelming support received by the citizens’ initiative, as the biannual turning of the clocks is regulated by the European Union.

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Six of the seven candidates vying for the presidency of Finland took part in a presidential debate organised at the University of Helsinki on Monday, 13 November, 2017.
Six of the seven candidates vying for the presidency of Finland took part in a presidential debate organised at the University of Helsinki on Monday, 13 November, 2017.

 

Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence, has come under criticism from several presidential candidates for going on “a solo run” to orchestrate a large-scale military exercise in Finland.

“I certainly didn’t know about the preparations for [the exercise], nor did anyone else because no kind of preparations have been made,” President Sauli Niinistö stated during a presidential debate organised at the University of Helsinki on Monday.

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Teachers have not been offered enough training opportunities to help them adapt to the emphasis placed on digital learning in the new core curriculum, says Jari Salminen, a researcher of educational history at the University of Helsinki.
Teachers have not been offered enough training opportunities to help them adapt to the emphasis placed on digital learning in the new core curriculum, says Jari Salminen, a researcher of educational history at the University of Helsinki.

 

The Finnish basic education system has been thrown into such a state of confusion that it is threatening to compromise the legal protection of pupils and equality in further education, Jari Salminen, a researcher of educational history at the University of Helsinki, argues in a guest contribution to Helsingin Sanomat.

“Hardly anything is left of the carefully designed, thoroughly supervised and systematically developed basic education system,” he writes.

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