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Oras Tynkkynen (Greens), the deputy chair of the Parliament's Committee for the FutureThe Government's foresight reports seldom result in concrete policy-changes, laments Oras Tynkkynen (Greens), the deputy chair of the Parliament's Committee for the Future. According to Tynkkynen, the implementation of the reports is difficult to measure, because the issues addressed typically concern several different ministries. Moreover, the impact of the reports is hampered by their general nature.

“Such academic rumination – four years of work, hundreds of thousands of euro without any effect on policy – is not justified,” Tynkkynen stated. Tynkkynen was in charge of the previous foresight report on climate and energy. “One of our objectives then was to have a greater impact on policy-making,” he says, deeming the long-term emission target set in the report as its greatest merit. The Government's most recent foresight report, founded on work by philosopher Pekka Himanen, was published last week.

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