Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) spoke to reporters after round-table talks on climate policy in the Finnish Parliament on Tuesday, 20 November. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) spoke to reporters after round-table talks on climate policy in the Finnish Parliament on Tuesday, 20 November. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

 

Finnish parliamentary parties have agreed to establish a working group to outline new climate goals for Finland by 20 December.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) on Tuesday said the working group will be tasked with identifying more ambitious climate goals and concrete climate measures for the country, but not with drafting legislative proposals due to the proximity of the parliamentary elections.

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Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, has hinted at the possibility of creating a lighter auditing procedure for small businesses. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Jari Lindström (BR), the Minister of Employment, has hinted at the possibility of creating a lighter auditing procedure for small businesses. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government has decided to withdraw its bill to relieve microbusinesses of the obligation to keep accounting records following crushing feedback from experts and stakeholders, including the National Police Board and Finnish Tax Administration.

The bill was criticised particularly for possibly undermining the credibility of financial information and increasing shadow economy activities.

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Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, says the shadow budgets unveiled by opposition parties fail to answer the most pressing question in Finland: how to sustain the current economic and employment growth? (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)
Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, says the shadow budgets unveiled by opposition parties fail to answer the most pressing question in Finland: how to sustain the current economic and employment growth? (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

 

The shadow budgets unveiled over the past couple of weeks by opposition parties fail to acceptably answer the most pressing question in Finland: how to sustain the current economic and employment growth, views Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.

“The biggest mistake would be to put an end to the economic and employment growth by making notable tax cuts,” he stated in the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday.

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Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party and Member of the European Parliament, has urged all EU member states not to join the so-called global compact for migration, an intergovernmental agreement prepared under the UN. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)
Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party and Member of the European Parliament, has urged all EU member states not to join the so-called global compact for migration, an intergovernmental agreement prepared under the UN. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

 

Jussi Halla-aho, the chairperson of the Finns Party and Member of the European Parliament, has expressed his strong reservations about the so-called global compact for migration (GCM), an exhaustive agreement on global migration prepared under the auspices of the United Nations.

Halla-Aho said in the European Parliament on Tuesday the GCM is “a misguided and dangerous” document that offers no solutions to tackling immigration and urged all member states not to join the declaration.

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Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, addressed concerns stirred up by reports about a legislative project that would grant police wider access to patient data in the Finnish Parliament on 8 November. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)
Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, addressed concerns stirred up by reports about a legislative project that would grant police wider access to patient data in the Finnish Parliament on 8 November. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government will introduce no amendments to legislation on patient data during this electoral term, assures Annika Saarikko, the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services.

Saarikko and Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister of the Interior, have participated actively in public debate concerning a legislative proposal that, according to Helsingin Sanomat, has been drafted in secrecy and would grant police significantly wider access to sensitive patient data.

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Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her strong reservations about a proposal to oblige the organisers of public meetings to issue an advance notification to police no later than three days before the meeting. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, has voiced her strong reservations about a proposal to oblige the organisers of public meetings to issue an advance notification to police no later than three days before the meeting. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government has found itself at the centre of a social media storm for proposing that the assembly act be amended to oblige the organiser of a public meeting to notify the police of the meeting at least three days, rather than six hours, prior to the meeting.

“What is wrong with this government?” Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, asked on Twitter.

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Alexander Stubb (NCP), a vice-president at the European Investment Bank (EIB), congratulated Manfred Weber after the German was elected as the lead candidate of the European People’s Party in Helsinki on Thursday, 8 November. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Alexander Stubb (NCP), a vice-president at the European Investment Bank (EIB), congratulated Manfred Weber after the German was elected as the lead candidate of the European People’s Party in Helsinki on Thursday, 8 November. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

Alexander Stubb (NCP), a vice-president at the European Investment Bank (EIB), has hinted at the possibility of returning to politics after losing the race to become the lead candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) to Manfred Weber of Germany.

Stubb received more votes than expected but lost to his rival candidate by a clear vote of 127 to 492 at EPP Congress Helsinki on Thursday.

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Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, remains a viable candidate to become the next prime minister of Finland, indicates the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Petteri Orpo, the chairperson of the National Coalition, remains a viable candidate to become the next prime minister of Finland, indicates the latest opinion poll commissioned by YLE. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

The Social Democratic Party and National Coalition Party are separated by no more than 2.5 percentage points after popular support for the former increased by 0.1 percentage points and that for the latter by 1.3 percentage points in October, according to YLE.

The public broadcasting company reported today that 22.7 per cent of the public would currently vote for the Social Democrats and 20.2 per cent for the National Coalition.

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Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, says the government has decided to postpone the first county elections from next spring to next autumn. (Credit: Onni Ojala – Lehtikuva)
Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms, says the government has decided to postpone the first county elections from next spring to next autumn. (Credit: Onni Ojala – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finnish government has decided to postpone the first county elections from next spring to next autumn, confirms Anu Vehviläinen (Centre), the Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms.

“I think it’s pretty clear [that the elections will have to be postponed], barring any miracles,” she stated on Wednesday.

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Alexander Stubb (right) and Manfred Weber (left), the two candidates to lead the European People’s Party (EPP) into the next European elections, squared off in a debate at EPP Congress Helsinki on Wednesday. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)
Alexander Stubb (right) and Manfred Weber (left), the two candidates to lead the European People’s Party (EPP) into the next European elections, squared off in a debate at EPP Congress Helsinki on Wednesday. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

 

Alexander Stubb (NCP), a vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), says he was hopeful the race to lead the European People’s Party (EPP) into the next European elections would have developed into a primary election between him and his rival candidate, Manfred Weber of Germany.

Stubb and Weber squared off against each other in what was the first and only debate between the two candidates at the EPP congress in Helsinki on Wednesday.

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Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (NCP) has drawn attention to the need to take immediate further action to mitigate the labour market mismatch in Finland. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)
Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo (NCP) has drawn attention to the need to take immediate further action to mitigate the labour market mismatch in Finland. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

 

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, called attention to the need to take further action to address the labour market mismatch in discussing the central government budget for 2019 in the Finnish Parliament on Tuesday.

“Our situation is indeed quite unusual,” he summarised.

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