Finland wants to encourage equality and give the world a word – their all-inclusive personal pronoun, hän
Like many languages, Finnish is full of loanwords – words that were, at some point, borrowed from other languages and incorporated into Finnish. Finland would now like to give the rest of the world a word, to encourage international discussion about equality and inclusivity, and to support everyone who is working to promote them. The word is: hän.
Sustainability runs through the visual identity for Finland’s Presidency and the Presidency meetings
Sustainable development principles form a common thread throughout the meeting arrangements for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Finland wants to draw attention to the climate impacts of meetings and is keen to seek new ways of doing things. Sustainability is also evident in the visual identity for Finland’s Presidency: the design for Finland’s previous Presidency has been recycled and revitalised for the Finnish Presidency that begins on 1 July.
Setting the table for long-term energy and climate policies: the new Finnish government will face far-reaching issues both in the EU and domestically
After the parliamentary elections on 14 April, it is time to look at the challenges for the next government. The formulation of energy and climate policies has to be based on long-term goals. The tasks of Finland’s future government have by and large been laid out by EU obligations. Finland’s Presidency of the EU Council, to start at the beginning of July, will provide us a unique opportunity to influence the EU priorities as we move towards a carbon neutral Europe. In Finland, special attention must be paid to improving the efficiency of emissions reduction measures in the sectors outside the Emissions Trading System.
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.
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