Column: From Well Begun to Data-Driven by Default
“Well begun is half done”, five famous words of Aristotle. Interestingly enough, the sentence is found in his work Politics. Is well begun half done a fitting guideline even today, in our efforts to achieve the Digital Single Market, asks Anne Berner, Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä: EU must adopt a more vigorous defence of free trade
The European Union must take a more robust position in defense of free trade. On Wednesday the European Commission published its Reflection Paper on Globalisation. The paper discusses how to harness the benefits of globalisation while defending the values and interests of the European Union, with the aim of achieving sustainable growth and boosting employment. Read Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's column.
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä: Economic growth offers the best way to strengthen the social dimension of Europe
The European Commission yesterday, 26 April, published its reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe. This discusses the EU’s various options for the future from the perspective of the social dimension. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's thoughts on the paper.
Nordic and Baltic countries propose measures for simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy
In support of the ongoing discussion on simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Nordic and Baltic countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden introduced a list of simplification proposals for CAP. Consisting of a list of 67 concrete measures with objective to help the farmers’ work and ease the administrative burden, the proposal reflects the principles of subsidiarity, proportionality and sound management.
Searching for simpler and more effective agricultural policy
In March, for Finnish farmers as everywhere, spring heralds planning and fieldwork. Cultivation plans are finalised and parcel data are declared as the baseline data for support applications. Every spring the complex support framework leads to complications in the planning, frustrating the farmers and causing unnecessary fears of making mistakes.
Work on the EU’s energy package begins – Finland specified its positions
In November, the European Commission issued some legislative proposals related to the union’s objectives for 2030 and the development of an Energy Union. The actual discussion of the initiatives is now beginning both in the EU’s Council of Ministers and in the European Parliament. However, one will still have to wait for a long time for these regulations to be completed.
Next-generation icebreaker Polaris ready for action
Finland’s newest icebreaker Polaris is ready to enter service. Icebreaker Polaris is unique in many ways. It is the first icebreaker in the world capable of running on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and ultra-low-sulphur diesel. Its total output of about 22 MW also makes it Finland’s most powerful icebreaker. Polaris is the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker in the world.
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