Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.
Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS) was fined for assaulting and sexually harassing his female colleague on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki.

 

Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), a second-term Member of Parliament from Central Finland, has been found guilty of assaulting and sexually harassing one of his female colleagues, Veera Ruoho (NCP), in the Parliament House in December 2017.

Hakkarainen was issued a fine equivalent to 45 days’ pay on Monday by the District Court of Helsinki, according to YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, discussed the government’s revisions to its social, health care and regional government reform bill in a presser in Helsinki on Monday, 18 June.
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, discussed the government’s revisions to its social, health care and regional government reform bill in a presser in Helsinki on Monday, 18 June.

 

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has revealed the government has decided to postpone the official and mandatory adoption of the so-called freedom of choice laws by one year until 2022.

The Finnish government announced yesterday that the counties to be created in the social, health care and regional government reform will be able to establish social and health care centres as early as 2020 as long as the centres meet the necessary criteria and have obtained the necessary permits.

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President Sauli Niinistö spoke to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the sixth edition of the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday, 17 June.
President Sauli Niinistö spoke to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the sixth edition of the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday, 17 June.

 

The European Union’s position in the international order remains a concern for President Sauli Niinistö, who is hosting the Kultaranta Talks in Naantali, South-west Finland, on Sunday and Monday.

“The European Union is not strong enough,” he stated to members of the media before delivering the opening remarks of the annual debate session on foreign and security policy. “I’ve wondered if the world has indeed gone so far that power is the only thing that’s respected.”

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The Finnish government reduced its ownership interest in Neste from 49.7 to 44.7 per cent in an accelerated bookbuild offering worth over 850 million euros on Wednesday.
The Finnish government reduced its ownership interest in Neste from 49.7 to 44.7 per cent in an accelerated bookbuild offering worth over 850 million euros on Wednesday.

 

The Finnish government replenished its coffers by reducing its stake in Neste on Wednesday.

The government sold a total of 12.8 million shares in the oil refiner and biofuel company in an accelerated offering to domestic and international investors for a record-breaking 861 million euros, reducing its stake in the company from 49.7 to 44.7 per cent.

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Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (BR) says he will shed more light on the so-called phase two of the activation model for unemployment security after discussing it with labour market organisations.
Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (BR) says he will shed more light on the so-called phase two of the activation model for unemployment security after discussing it with labour market organisations.

 

Minister of Employment Jari Lindström (BR) has invited key labour market organisations to participate in preparing further measures to encourage job seeking and supplement the activation model for unemployment security.

The measures under consideration reportedly include obliging job seekers to proactively apply for job openings while relaxing their other eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits.

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Finland’s Minister of the Interior, Kai Mykkänen (NCP), has expressed his support for the idea of selecting asylum seekers directly from refugee camps located outside the European Union.
Finland’s Minister of the Interior, Kai Mykkänen (NCP), has expressed his support for the idea of selecting asylum seekers directly from refugee camps located outside the European Union.

 

Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, has expressed his doubts about the feasibility of establishing removal or detention centres for asylum seekers outside the European Union.

“It’d be difficult to implement removal centres outside the union while respecting human rights in the way that is required,” he stated in the Finnish Parliament last Thursday. “I think we should switch to a system where the people in the most vulnerable position are taken directly from refugee camps.”

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has urged Finland to start paying off its debt while its ability to do so remains intact.
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has urged Finland to start paying off its debt while its ability to do so remains intact.

 

Finland must start paying off its debt before it is to late to bring the situation under control, Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, said to Bloomberg on Sunday.

“In the 2020s, as the population ages and we replace our fleet of Hornet fighter jets, paying off debt may become impossible without very strong growth and a high employment rate. And then we might actually want to be able to borrow some more when the worst of the ageing-related costs hit us,” he stated to the news agency.

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The Social Democrats’ Antti Rinne (left) and National Coalition’s Petteri Orpo (NCP) remain the most likely party leaders to become the next primer minister of Finland, according to a poll by YLE.
The Social Democrats’ Antti Rinne (left) and National Coalition’s Petteri Orpo (right) remain the most likely party leaders to become the next primer minister of Finland, according to a poll by YLE.

 

The race to become the next prime minister is heating up in Finland, indicates the latest opinion poll by YLE.

The National Coalition has been replaced by the Social Democrats as the most supported party in the country according to the public broadcasting company, with voter support for the former dropping by 0.9 percentage points to 19.3 per cent and that for the latter staying unchanged at 20.0 per cent.

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President Sauli Niinistö took part in a lunch event organised by the Association of Finnish Political Journalists in Helsinki on Wednesday, 6 June.
President Sauli Niinistö took part in a lunch event organised by the Association of Finnish Political Journalists in Helsinki on Wednesday, 6 June.

 

President Sauli Niinistö has reminded that the collapse of the social, health care and regional government reform would not necessarily lead to new parliamentary elections.

Niinistö was asked to explain what would be the procedure if the massive reform fell through and the government handed in its resignation at a lunch event organised in Helsinki on Wednesday by the Association of Finnish Political Journalists.

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The Finnish Parliament’s social affairs and health committee discussed the social, health care and regional government reform in its meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 4 June.
The Finnish Parliament’s social affairs and health committee discussed the social, health care and regional government reform in its meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 4 June.

 

The Finnish Parliament is preparing to postpone its vote on the social, health care and regional government reform until next autumn, report YLE and Helsingin Sanomat.

Speakers of the Parliament have convened to discuss the timetable of the massive reform this week, while both the government and the social affairs and health committee have weighed up the ramifications of last week’s statement by the constitutional law committee.

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Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, has accused his party of abandoning its principles in attempting to push through the social, health care and regional government reform.
Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, has accused his party of abandoning its principles in attempting to push through the social, health care and regional government reform.

 

The National Coalition seems to have compromised almost all of its principles in attempting to push through the social, health care and regional government reform, slams Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki.

“I feel like the National Coalition has sold almost all of its principles along the way,” he stated in an interview on YLE TV1 on Monday.

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