The EU’s energy and climate policy governance mechanism will reveal its potential – this year will set the trend for the future
For the EU to become a leader in climate policy, strong coordination between the EU institutions and the member states is required. Despite its uninspiring name, the Governance of the Energy Union may turn out to be a key instrument in the EU energy and climate policy; perhaps more important than was initially expected. In addition to the specific obligations, the importance the member states and institutions assign to the common planning and coordination system will be of great significance. The system will undergo its first test this year during Romania’s and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Industrial renewal is a key issue for European competitiveness
– Europe's ability to compete with China and the United States in the global economy is of crucial importance. Reforming our industry for tomorrow's world is key to this competitiveness, said Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs, in his speech at the EU Industry Day on 6 February, 2016.
The High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth agreed on its work programme
The EU High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth met in Brussels on 24 January 2019. The working group approved a new working programme for the coming 18-month period, during which the group’s work will be steered by a Finnish chair.
EU Foreign Ministers to discuss Ukraine
The EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) will meet in Brussels on 10 December. Finland's representative at the meeting will be Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. Ukraine's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin will attend an informal lunch during the meeting.
Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen: Too early to make a decision on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area
The EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council discussed on 22 September the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. In practice, the accession would mean that internal border checks be lifted at the borders between Bulgaria and Romania and the other EU countries. ‘Finland considers that it is yet too early to make a decision on the accession of these two states to the Schengen area,’ said Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen at the JHA meeting.
Remember your change of address notification – make sure you can vote in the parliamentary elections in the spring 2011
Finnish citizens need to keep their address updated in the Population Register System to ensure that they are informed about their right to vote in the parliamentary elections of spring 2011. Finnish citizens who reside abroad are obligated to make a notification of change of address to a local register office in Finland. It is advisable to inform the address to the nearest Finnish diplomatic or consular mission too.
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