Water Stewards Showcase Innovative Strategies for Water Management
Representatives from environmental organizations, policy and businesses gathered at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union on 3 July 2014 to attend the event Water Stewardship: Local Actions Driving Global Impacts. Water stewardship is increasingly championed by companies seeking an in depth understanding of water use throughout their value chain. The event showcased real world stories from companies on their journey towards water stewardship.
European Council contributes to the work of the new Commission
On Friday 27 June, the European Council outlined its priorities for the forthcoming years in Brussels. In Finland's view, competitiveness which bolsters growth and jobs must be the EU's top priority. Therefore, it will be necessary to open up markets more effectively and more widely, and to ensure the achievement of the four basic freedoms and active trade policies.
Renewable Natural Resources Boost the Bioeconomy
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has elaborated its own Roadmap to Bioeconomy 2020 in line with the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy published as a Government Resolution in May 2014. The Roadmap recognizes the potential of bioeconomy as the engine of sustainable growth. Economic growth, new business activities and more jobs can be achieved by increasing the sustainable use of natural resources.
Alexander Stubb, the Prime Minister of Finland: EU Strategic Agenda should be based on free movement of goods, services, money and people
“European economy has gone through a three-phased crisis: first a banking crisis, then a sovereign debt crisis, now a growth crisis. The situation is still very fragile
Stubb's Government appointed
On Tuesday 24 June, the President of the Republic appointed Finland’s 73rd Government. At the same time, the President of the Republic released the ministers of Jyrki Katainen’s Government from their duties. The Government headed by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb consists of 17 ministers.
Finnish PM Katainen: Europe must agree on concrete steps to boost growth and jobs
Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen urges his fellow EU leaders to make economic growth and new jobs Europe's top priority and agree on concrete measures to pursue it. Member States are in the process of setting EU's strategic guidelines for the next years, to be concluded by the June European Council.
The Government agreed a budgetary framework and general government fiscal plan
On 24-25 March 2014, the Government agreed on the central government spending limits and the general government fiscal plan for 2015-2018. The objective of the fiscal and economic policy of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's Government is to strengthen the financial foundation of the welfare society and conditions for growth to ensure that public finances are on a sustainable basis.
EU's climate and energy policy is largely in line with Finnish targets
On 22 January the European Commission published the EU's new climate and energy policy goals. The Commission proposes that greenhouse gas emissions be lowered by 40 percent by 2030, while the target for renewable energy be raised to 27 percent. EU's climate and energy policy is largely in line with Finnish targets, says Prime Minister Katainen.
Development of EU defence cooperation begins
The European Council meeting, which was held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, focused on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy and the Banking Union. This was the first time that the Common Security and Defence Policy featured as the summit's main theme and it included a presentation by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
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