The Finnish Parliament is set to vote for allowing grocery shops to retail beverages with a maximum alcohol content of 5.5 per cent, view sources interviewed by Talouselämä and Uusi Suomi.
The Finnish Parliament is set to vote for allowing grocery shops to retail beverages with a maximum alcohol content of 5.5 per cent, view sources interviewed by Talouselämä and Uusi Suomi.

 

The Finnish Parliament is set to allow grocery shops to sell beers and other beverages with a maximum alcohol content of 5.5 per cent, according to sources interviewed by Talouselämä and Uusi Suomi.

The sources estimate that the long-discussed proposal to de-regulate alcohol retail sales will be passed by a narrow margin of roughly half-a-dozen votes.

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The National Coalition is committed to the government as long as it remains functional and able to make decisions, says Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
The National Coalition is committed to the government as long as it remains functional and able to make decisions, says Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.

 

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has dismissed suggestions that the National Coalition is planning on dissolving the government.

“The National Coalition is pleased with the decisions made in the government programme. It’s important that [its implementation] continues. I doubt Finns would appreciate it if the government was brought down for reasons related to political power,” he stated in an interview on YLE TV1 on Saturday.

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Peter Östman (Christian Democrats) asked the government to clarify its position on the status of Jerusalem after US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise the city as the capital of Israel.
Peter Östman (Christian Democrats) asked the government to clarify its position on the status of Jerusalem after US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise the city as the capital of Israel.

Peter Östman (Christian Democrats) raised more than a few eyebrows during a question-time debate in the Finnish Parliament on Thursday.

Östman enquired about the position of the government on the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and re-locate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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The Parliament’s Finance Committee believes the taxes on beers, wines and spirits should be raised by more than proposed by the government.
The Parliament’s Finance Committee believes the taxes on beers, wines and spirits should be raised by more than proposed by the government.

 

The Parliament’s Finance Committee has published its comments on the alcohol tax increases proposed by the government.

“The committee is proposing that the tax increase on ciders be equivalent to that on other mild beverages. The consequent, roughly three million euro dip in tax revenues would be offset by adjusting the tax rates on all groups of beverages,” it stated on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the chairperson of the Centre Party, talked to locals during a party event in Joensuu, Eastern Finland, on 25 November, 2017.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the chairperson of the Centre Party, talked to locals during a party event in Joensuu, Eastern Finland, on 25 November, 2017.

 

The uncertainty lingering around the fate of the social, health care and regional government reform is to blame for the recent swings in support for the three largest political parties in Finland, views Seppo Kääriäinen (Centre), a former Minister of Defence.

“Depending on what comes of the reform in the weeks and months to come, it’ll probably be the most significant factor re-shaping the power balance between the parties,” he comments to Uusi Suomi.

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President Sauli Niinistö is heading into next year’s presidential elections as a clear front-runner, with YLE reporting that he would receive up to 80 per cent of the ballot if the elections were held today.
President Sauli Niinistö is heading into next year’s presidential elections as a clear front-runner, with YLE reporting that he would receive up to 80 per cent of the ballot if the elections were held today.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has seen his already high popularity grow over the first few weeks of his re-election campaign.

YLE on Thursday reported that the share of voters who would cast their vote for the incumbent president has crept up from 76 to 80 per cent since October. His challengers, on the other hand, have seen their popularity wane over the past couple of weeks.

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The National Coalition is only prepared to raise the alcohol tax if the maximum alcohol content for beverages sold at grocery shops is raised from 4.7 to 5.5 per cent, reveals Jukka Kopra, the first deputy chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group.
The National Coalition is only prepared to raise the alcohol tax if the maximum alcohol content for beverages sold at grocery shops is raised from 4.7 to 5.5 per cent, reveals Jukka Kopra, the first deputy chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group.

 

The National Coalition will not approve of any increases in alcohol taxation until the alcohol law reform has been passed in its entirety.

The party is thereby only prepared to raise the alcohol tax if the maximum alcohol content for beverages sold at grocery shops is raised from 4.7 to 5.5 per cent, Jukka Kopra, the first deputy chairperson of the National Coalition Parliamentary Group, confirmed to Uusi Suomi on Monday.

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Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, believes the Finns Party made the right decision to form a coalition government with the Centre and National Coalition in 2015.
Timo Soini (BR), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, believes the Finns Party made the right decision to form a coalition government with the Centre and National Coalition in 2015.

 

The Finns Party made the correct decision to join the government despite its subsequent implosion in June, 2017, Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, estimated in an interview with the Financial Times on Thursday, 16 November.

“We have really paid a tough price. I didn’t join the party to shout from the shadows. I wanted to show we were capable of being good ministers,” he said, reminiscing about the decision made by the populist party he led for over two decades to form a coalition government with the Centre and National Coalition Party in 2015.

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The Social Democratic Party has edged closer to the National Coalition under the leadership of Antti Rinne (right). Rinne and Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, took part in a debate event in Tampere on 1 April, 2017.
The Social Democratic Party has edged closer to the National Coalition under the leadership of Antti Rinne (right). Rinne and Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, took part in a debate event in Tampere on 1 April, 2017.

 

The National Coalition’s lead over the Social Democrats has narrowed by almost 1.5 percentage points to 2.4 percentage points, finds an opinion poll commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat.

Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday reported that voter support for the National Coalition has dropped by 0.5 percentage points to 21.4 per cent since October, while that for the Social Democrats has risen by 0.9 percentage points to 19.0 percent.

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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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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) still has his foot in the door for a second term as the chairperson of the Centre Party, according to a survey Maaseudun Tulevaisuus.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) still has his foot in the door for a second term as the chairperson of the Centre Party, according to a survey Maaseudun Tulevaisuus.

 

The Centre Party’s district chiefs are widely in favour of granting Prime Minister Juha Sipilä a second term as the chairperson of the Centre Party.

Maaseudun Tulevaisuus has reported that the heads of 17 out of the 21 district organisations of the party remain supportive of the incumbent chairperson, despite the sliding poll numbers of the Centre Party. Many cited the improved economic situation and successful implementation of the government programme as reasons for their continuing support for Sipilä.

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