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.
European industry needs a fast shift to digital – and beyond
Digitising European industry is a key factor for global competitiveness. We need to have the best technologies and research to remain competitive in the global market, which is already in many ways digital, writes Mika Lintilä, Finland's Minister of Economic Affairs
Finland and Sweden ask MEPs to support climate work and promoting renewable energy
Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland Kimmo Tiilikainen and Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy of Sweden Ibrahim Baylan have sent a letter to the Members of the European Parliament, reminding them about the important role of sustainable bioenergy in reaching the EU’s climate and energy targets to 2030.
Column: International Gender Equality Prize recipient is a glass ceiling breaking role model
The International Gender Equality Prize established by the Government of Finland was awarded to Angela Merkel in the margins of the EU Summit on Thursday 14 December. Merkel’s personal history makes her one of the most influential women of all time. She is undeniably a glass ceiling breaker and a role model to many women and girls.
EU agreed on including the land use sector (LULUCF) in the 2030 climate policy targets
On 14 December the trilogue between the EU Member States, the Commission and Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the LULUCF Regulation, i.e. how carbon sinks and emissions caused by the use of forests and lands are taken into account in the EU's climate policy targets to 2030.
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