The Minister for Foreign Affairs has an obligation both at home and abroad to stand unequivocally behind the decisions of the Finnish Government, underlines Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance.
His statement appears to be directed especially at Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who came under public scrutiny earlier this week for refusing to disclose certain details of his recent two-day visit to the United Kingdom.
Finland did not foresee the influx of asylum seekers it witnessed in the latter half of last year, estimates Paula Risikko (NCP), the newly-appointed Minister of the Interior.
“The situation that arose in Finland last autumn was unexpected,” she said in an interview on YLE Radio 1 on Thursday. “It was absolutely delightful how the Finnish Red Cross, volunteer organisations and authorities took action and managed to achieve crisis preparedness very quickly.”
Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, the chairperson of the Left Alliance Parliamentary Group, has reprimanded the Government for its continuing failure to present a detailed account of how freedom of choice will be realised after the reform of health care and social welfare services.
“The Government has yet to present a detailed account of how freedom of choice will be funded and realised. You cannot keep the public in the dark on such a notable change,” she says in a press release.
The European Union must not make its remaining member states cover the budget contributions of the United Kingdom, stresses Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“Now we need a smaller but better EU,” he said in a press conference yesterday while discussing the ramifications of last week's membership referendum in the United Kingdom. “Going forward others must not be forced to cover the payments of Britons. The idea can't be that once Britons leaves the EU, others will cough up more.”
Juhana Brotherus, the chief economist at the Mortgage Society of Finland (Hypo), estimates in an interview with Uusi Suomi that house prices will continue creeping up in the capital region, despite falling marginally in April.
Statistics Finland reported yesterday that the prices of dwellings in old blocks of flats and terraced houses crept up by 0.6 per cent nationwide between April and May, after falling by 0.4 per cent in the capital region and rising by 1.6 per cent in the rest of the country.
President Sauli Niinistö has revealed that he interprets the results of last week's membership referendum in the United Kingdom as a protest and sign of general discontent.
“The EU didn't turn out to be eternal for all of its members, [contrary to the] idea we had become used to. We must now get used to this idea,” he said while visiting the 400-year-old Puumala, a small municipality in Southern Savonia, on 28 June.
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The National Audit Office (VTV) has ruled that Finavia, a state-owned airport operator, acted with due diligence in inquiring into the losses it incurred as a result of a series of derivatives contracts.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications, on the other hand, interfered improperly in the operational matters of the wholly state-owned company, thus infringing on the guidelines on the good governance of state-owned companies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to Finland on Friday, confirms the Office of the President of the Republic.
President Sauli Niinistö will according to a press release welcome his counterpart to his official summer residence, Kultaranta, in Naantali on 1 July to discuss the bilateral relations between Finland and Russia as well as a number of other topical issues, such as the situations in Syria and Ukraine.
Inderes and Nordea have continued to discuss the economic consequences of the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union.
Tuuli Koivu, an economist at Nordea, estimates in a morning review that the market uncertainty arising from the unexpected result of the membership referendum that was held in the United Kingdom last Thursday will continue indefinitely.
Reijo Heiskanen, the chief economist at OP Financial Group, estimates that the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union will only have a limited impact on the economy of Finland.
“We consider it more likely that Brexit in itself will not result in any long-term increase in uncertainty, even if the immediate changes were severe. Similarly limited will be the impact on the economy of Finland,” he comments in his blog.
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