About: Finnish Presidency

Future EU 16-10-2019

Visegrad countries slam Finnish presidency MFF paper

Ahead of an EU summit starting on Thursday (17 October), diplomats from the four Visegrad countries harshly criticised the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU for a paper it prepared to help the leaders’ discussion on the bloc’s...
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2019

Finnish PM says EU ready to tie funding to rule-of-law criteria

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Sunday (29 September) that all EU countries looked ready to accept that EU funding should be made conditional on democratic principles, he told Finland's public broadcaster YLE.
Agrifood 26-09-2019

Carbon-capture crops need incentives through CAP, EU ministers said

Soil carbon sequestration and other measures intended to reduce net greenhouse emissions in farming require proper funding and a degree of flexibility, EU agriculture ministers agreed at an informal meeting hosted by the Finnish Council presidency.

Five EU states agree migration deal, look for broader backing

Interior ministers from five European Union countries said on Monday (23 September) they had agreed a new scheme to distribute migrants saved from the Mediterranean in a deal aimed at relieving the pressure on southern EU states.
Transport 10-09-2019

EU eyes end of energy tax waivers for air and sea transport sectors

The European Union is studying a reform of energy taxes to align them with climate targets, an EU document showed, listing as possible measures higher minimum tax rates, fossil fuel levies and the end of waivers for the air and sea transport sectors.
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, killer robots, climate threat

EU defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons – also called “killer robots” –, hybrid threats and conflicts stemming from climate change, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told the press after an informal Council meeting in Helsinki on Thursday (29 August).
Brexit 20-08-2019

UK yields voting rights to Finland, officials to skip meetings

The UK government announced on Tuesday (20 August) that its officials will stop attending most EU meetings as of 1 September in order to focus efforts elsewhere ahead of its expected withdrawal from the bloc. London will also cede its voting rights to Finland in areas that are no longer of interest.

Finnish presidency commits to linking rule of law with EU funding

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne told the European Parliament on Wednesday (17 July) that his country’s presidency of the Council of the EU would continue negotiations on how to link more closely the disbursement of EU funds with respect for the rule of law in member states.
Digital 12-07-2019

The Finnish EU presidency should push for a ‘fast lane’ for tech and AI

Boasting one of Europe’s most liberal and innovative economies, Finland's EU presidency has the chance to push for a ‘fast lane’ for tech and AI in Europe, and show Europe a way forward in the age of AI, writes Christian Walther Øyrabø.
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.
Politics 28-06-2019

Finland to push EU review of internal security to face new threats

Finland will push for a review of the bloc’s internal security strategy to better face new challenges including hybrid threats, Finnish ministers explained on Thursday (27 June), as the country geared up to start its six-month-stint at the helm of the EU's rotating presidency.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2019

Finland softens opposition to eurozone budget as it takes over EU Presidency

On the eve of assuming the EU's rotating presidency, the new centre-left Prime Minister of Finland, Antti Rinne, accepted on Wednesday (26 June) the possibility of a “small” eurozone budget to support investments, as long as it remains part of the EU’s long-term spending plans.

EU leaders to aim for final climate deal ‘in early 2020’

Talks on a climate plan for 2050 should wrap up by the end of this year in view of final adoption in early 2020, according to the draft conclusions of an EU summit taking place next week in Brussels.
Climate change 05-06-2019

Finland pledges carbon neutrality on eve of EU presidency

Finland’s new government said on Monday (4 June) the country will aim to cut its carbon emissions completely by 2035. The Nordic nation will take over the rotating EU presidency in July, with an ambitious pan-European climate deal still left on the negotiating table.
Politics 15-04-2019

Social Democrats clinch narrow victory in Finland’s election

Finland's leftist Social Democrat party (SDP) leader Antti Rinne has declared victory in Sunday's general election. But it was one of the closest wins he could possibly get.
Politics 15-04-2019

Jussi Halla-aho, quiet hardliner behind Finland’s populist uproar

Jussi Halla-aho, whose nationalist Finns Party only narrowly failed to clinch victory in Finland's parliamentary election, is a former medieval language lecturer turned hardline MEP and vehement critic of immigration and Islam.
Health 26-03-2019

Lawmakers, stakeholders see delivering economics of well-being as next health challenge

The well-being of EU citizens should be made a priority and an intersectoral approach integrating policy areas such as housing, fighting pollution and digital transformation into health can also help bring about new economic models, MEPs and civil society representatives agree.
08-03-2019

Finland’s government falls over failed healthcare reform

Finland’s government resigned on Friday (8 march) after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key policy, the Finnish president’s office said, throwing the country into political limbo.

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

EU energy ministers had their first public debate on the European Commission’s 2050 climate plan on Monday (4 March) but five member states derided the lack of a 100% renewable energy scenario among the EU executive’s proposed options.
Future EU 31-01-2019

Implementation key for regaining trust, Finland’s PM tells EU lawmakers

Democratic forces of Europe will win back the trust of the people by making decisions and by implementing them, at home and here in Brussels, Finland’s Juha Sipilä on Thursday (31 January) told EU lawmakers in Brussels.

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