Anne Berner (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has announced she will relinquish her ministerial portfolio to become a board member at SEB, a financial group based in Sweden. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

ANNE BERNER (Centre), the Minister of Transport and Communications, has come under criticism after announcing she will leave politics to become a member of the board of directors at SEB, a financial group headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Anne Berner is a consultant-politician. Berner makes a visit to politics. Others will have to clean up after her,” stated Paavo Arhinmäki, an ex-chairperson of the Left Alliance.

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The Finnish Parliament must shape up and start respecting its own work, states Jussi Niinistö (BR), the Minister of Defence. (Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

JUSSI NIINISTÖ (BR), the Minister of Defence, on Tuesday lashed out in his blog at the two constitutional law experts who stirred up concerns about the constitutionality of the long-discussed bills for new intelligence laws in Finland.

Paula Risikko (NCP), the Speaker of the Parliament, announced last week the bills will be sent for further review to the Parliament’s Administration Committee and Constitutional Law Committee.

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Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League, discussed the opposition party’s programme for the next parliamentary elections in a press conference in Helsinki on Sunday, 17 February. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

FINLAND should take action to raise the national employment rate to a minimum of 75 per cent and create 100,000 new jobs by 2023, states the Green League.

“Instead of placing blame on the unemployed and undermining the position of employees, we must facilitate access to working life and promote security so that there is room for more, rather than fewer, people in working life,” the opposition party outlines in its programme for the next parliamentary elections.

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Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) enjoys the lowest level of confidence among voters in Finland, indicates a survey by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE in Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) has fallen noticeably, indicates a survey commissioned by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises.

Over a half (53%) of respondents estimated that the prime minister has failed to perform his official responsibilities in a manner that evokes confidence, making him the party leader who enjoys the lowest level of confidence among Finns.

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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö gestured during a panel discussion at the 2019 Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, 16 February 2019. (Credit: Christof Stache – AFP/Lehtikuva)

PRESIDENT Sauli Niinistö has voiced his concern about the possible collapse of a treaty between Russia and the United States to eliminate intermediate and shorter-range missiles.

Niinistö warned at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Europe could consequently be headed towards a situation that could be perceived as the end of diplomacy or an uncontrollable situation similar to the Cold War in the 1960s.

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Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP), the Minister of Education, spoke in the Finnish Parliament on 7 February 2019. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

SANNI GRAHN-LAASONEN (NCP), the Minister of Education, has revealed she will appoint a task force to draft a list of proposals to promote foreign-language learning in kindergartens and schools in Finland.

Grahn-Laasonen on Sunday expressed her concern about the decrease and unilateral nature of foreign-language learning by young people, highlighting that the number of pupils studying a voluntary foreign language has decreased by roughly 33 per cent over the past 20 years.

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Speaker of the Parliament Paula Risikko (NCP) spoke to reporters after the speakers had convened to determine how to proceed with the bills for new intelligence laws in Helsinki on Thursday, 14 February. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

PAULA RISIKKO (NCP), the Speaker of the Parliament, has confirmed that the bills for new civilian and military intelligence laws will be submitted for further review to two parliamentary committees.

The Parliament’s Administration Committee and Constitutional Law Committee will re-examine the bills to determine if they and the statements issued on them are in compliance with the constitution.

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Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment, conceded in the Parliament on Thursday that Finland will not be able to keep its promise and put an end to biodiversity loss by 2020. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

FINLAND will be unable to fulfil its commitment to stop biodiversity loss by 2020, concedes Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of the Environment.

The Finnish government adopted an ambitious strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in December 2012, stating that the main objective of the strategy is to halt biodiversity loss in Finland by 2020.

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The so-called activation model for unemployment security obliges job seekers to demonstrate their activity on a monthly basis or lose a share of their unemployment benefits. (Credit: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva)

THE SECOND MOST POPULAR citizens’ initiative to date is set to be turned down by the Finnish Parliament.

The Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee declared in a statement issued yesterday that it is recommending that the initiative to abolish the so-called activation model for unemployment security be turned down by the Parliament.

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Speaker of the Parliament Paula Risikko (NCP) spoke to reporters in the Finnish Parliament on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. (Credit: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH PARLIAMENT surprised many by announcing only hours before its plenary session yesterday afternoon that the bill for new civilian and military intelligence laws has been taken off the agenda of the session.

Members of the Parliament were to debate the long-discussed legislative project based on a statement drafted by the Parliament’s Administration Committee.

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“This is a serious issue,” states Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Social Services and Family Affairs. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT has announced it has decided to initiate an overhaul of the act on elderly services before the end of the current electoral term.

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Social Services and Family Affairs, stated on Tuesday that the ongoing public debate has drawn attention to worrying aspects of the state of elderly care in Finland.

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