About: Finland

Global Europe 04-07-2019

Putting values at the heart of the EU presidency

The goals of the new Finnish EU Presidency include a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable EU, the same priorities as its domestic agenda, writes Kaisa Penny.
Circular economy 20-04-2018

Circular bio-economy supports growth and mitigates climate change impact

A European strategy for bio-economy should take the structural differences of different member states into account while also promoting and reinforcing a common vision for the sector, write Carina Håkansson and Mårten Larsson.
Global Europe 02-06-2017

The Arctic: Rebooting the European software

After failing again to become a permanent observer to the Arctic Council, the European Union needs to rethink itself when it comes to the Arctic, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.

Protecting conservation or commercial interests?

The highly invasive raccoon dog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern, yet cynical moves are afoot to thwart this conservation measure, warn Ilaria Di Silvestre, Staci McLennan and Joanna Swabe.

Magic tricks in the forest: When member states make their emissions vanish

Countries are free to manage their forests as they choose, but reducing them to a tool of light-fingered carbon accounting can leave world deprived of vital carbon sinks, writes Hannah Mowat.  
Brexit 03-03-2017

The EU must uphold its fundamental values

The EU must recognise its shortcomings and remain united. Some member states want more integration, others don’t. Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä proposes no new treaty change and a focus on cooperation in which the bloc moves forward at the same pace.
Climate change 02-02-2017

What Finland doesn’t want you to know about its forests

Forests are considered the nation’s ‘green gold’ in Finland. But the government's new climate and energy strategy means their potential as a carbon sink will halve in the coming years, reducing the ability to use forests as a buffer against climate change, writes Satu Hassi.
Energy 23-11-2016

A successful Energy Union can sell benefits of EU to the masses

Policymakers from the member states have praised the European Commission's Energy Union initiative. But this unanimous assent has raised eyebrows at a time when the idea of the EU itself is under attack, writes Dr Nikolas Wölfing.
Armenia 05-10-2016

The major stumbling block of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs its mediators to come to an interim agreement that benefits both sides, while international actors, like the EU, have to differentiate between the factors at play in the Caucasus, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

The omissions of the EU’s new Arctic policy

Nations both close and distant to the Arctic Circle are increasingly becoming engaged in the North, as the European Union’s new policy for the Arctic shows. The plan is a step forward, but it speaks volumes by what it leaves out, writes Antonia Sohns.
Brexit 28-06-2016

First Brexit, next stop United States of Europe and a Norse League?

In December 2011, EURACTIV.com’s partner, Milano Finanza, published a scenario put together by British historian Niall Ferguson. It concerned Europe in 2021 and his predictions are already starting to materialise.
Energy 24-05-2016

The EU needs bioenergy – and it must be sustainable

Over the past few months, tense debates on the sustainability of biomass used for energy production have arisen. Most stakeholders seem to agree on one point: we need an EU policy to ensure the sustainability of biomass, writes Harri Laurikka.

Sweden to vote on closer NATO ties

Swedish lawmakers are set to vote on 25 May on a Host Nation Agreement with NATO that would represent a step toward further cooperation with the alliance for a nation that has resisted alignment with multilateral military bodies for over 200 years, write Olof Kronvall and Colin Cleary.

Europe needs low-skilled migrant workers too

A resolution for the rights of women domestic workers and carers in the EU is due to be voted on 28 April at the European Parliament. This could be a historical step towards equal rights for this category of workers.

Fighting poverty: From dependency to empowerment

To win the fight against poverty, make the poor your partners. This is the core message from leading contenders for the 2015 Civil Society prize organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, writes Gonçalo Lobo Xavier.

European housing crisis: Left out in the cold

Homelessness is on the rise, and people at risk of poverty face growing difficulties in getting and keeping housing, write Ruth Owen and Marc Uhry.

A truly circular economy will massively reduce Europe’s climate impact

The climate conference in Paris is only weeks away but the emissions reductions pledges made by countries are far from sufficient. We now know that the meeting in Paris will at best provide a platform for further action, writes Anders Wijkman.
Trade & Society 29-10-2015

Nordic people support free trade across the Atlantic

There is strong support among the Nordic people for TTIP, due to the economic benefits the agreement promises to bring, write Karsten Dybvad, Jyri Häkämies, Carola Lemne, Kristin Skogen Lund and Thorsteinn Víglundsson.
Agrifood 21-10-2015

It is time to see through the marketing tactics of the European fur industry

Member states have an opportunity to play a leading role for animal welfare globally by phasing out fur farming, write Salla Tuomivaara and Siri Martinsen.
Development Policy 18-06-2015

Finland’s aid cut and the EU’s credibility crisis

Finland's decision to slash its development aid by 43% has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the entire European Union at a crucial time, write Niina Mäki and Jeroen Kwakkenbos.
Global Europe 07-05-2015

European war games: Responses to Russian military drills

The Nordic and Baltic states are working to boost security cooperation in response to Russia's military activity in the region and the security buildup on both sides is expected to continue, writes Stratfor.
Security 18-12-2014

NATO turns its gaze to the Baltic region

Sweden should make wise use of NATO's benevolent attitude to establish closer relations, writes Anna Wieslander.
Energy 18-11-2014

Europe’s uncertain energy security

While the EU is formulating its Energy Union to increase energy security, some member states are working against these goals, write Heidi Hautala and Benedek Jávor.
Agnia Grigas
Energy 22-09-2014

Klaipeda’s LNG terminal: a game changer

The Klaipeda LNG terminal will enable Lithuania and its neighbours to access alternatives to Russian gas and will serve as the flagship for Baltic efforts to successfully address their persistent energy vulnerability, writes Agnia Grigas.
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