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.
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.
Column: What does it take to build a EU strategy for long-term emissions reduction?
Restricting global warming is crucial to humanity’s future. There will be no easy transition to a low-emission world, or eventually to a carbon neutral world, and we must make changes in all spheres of life. The European Union has an important role as one who takes the lead and offers solutions. To do this, it needs an ambitious and comprehensive climate and energy policy that is based on knowledge.
1.4 euros a day for safe and sustainable food
There is a talk a lot about Finnish agriculture and especially the ways to support it. This is a good thing. The topic is highly important, and support policy with all its complications is far from simple. Large amounts of the public funds collected as taxes are used to support agriculture and the rural areas, which is why public discussion is also needed.
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