The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) has fuelled demands to limit the land and property transactions of foreign nationals by expressing its concerns about the possible uses of foreign-owned properties in the event of a crisis.
A legislative project to impose statutory limitations on such transactions is currently on hold at the Ministry of Justice, reports Kauppalehti.
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“We currently don't think it makes sense to begin the preparatory legislative work, knowing that an assessment into the issue is afoot at the Ministry of Defence,” says Jari Salila, a senior adviser at the Ministry of Justice. “The Ministry of Justice believes it's more reasonable to wait and see if [the assessment yields] any information that affects our project and only then move forward,” he explains to the financial newspaper.
Jussi Niinistö (PS), the Minister of Defence, revealed in an interview with Iltalehti yesterday that a further assessment into the security ramifications of land and property transactions by foreign nationals is currently being conducted under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence. The assessment, he said, was launched after the concerns voiced by Supo.
“The task force includes representatives from the National Defence Command, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment,” he revealed.
Niinistö estimated that the assessment will be concluded early next year. “The need for legislative revisions will then be evaluated by the Ministry of Justice,” he added.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi