Conference on the Future of Europe now underway

NordenBladet — The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and topical opportunity to discuss Europe’s challenges and objectives. Wherever you come from and whatever you do, the conference provides an opportunity to reflect on what kind of

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Nationwide COVID-19 restrictions to be eased — biggest changes in areas in acceleration phase

NordenBladet — On 10 May 2021, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health made the decision to discontinue the nationwide tiers of COVID-19 prevention measures. Going forward, COVID-19 prevention in Finland will focus on regional restrictions and recommendations.The Ministry of

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Ministers for European Affairs to prepare for European Council and discuss coordination of EU response to COVID-19

NordenBladet — The main themes of the General Affairs Council meeting on Tuesday 11 May in Brussels will be the preparations for the special European Council on 24–25 May and the coordination of the EU’s response to COVID-19. Minister of

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Outlook for regional economies moderately positive

NordenBladet — The coronavirus epidemic has weakened the economic and employment prospects in the regions for more than a year, but the outlook is now cautiously positive. The improved expectations are driven by the assumption of a swift rollout of

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EU ministers of foreign affairs to discuss transatlantic relations and Western Balkans and meet with US Envoy for Climate

NordenBladet — EU foreign ministers will convene in Brussels on Monday 10 May. Finland’s representative at the meeting will be State Secretary Johanna Sumuvuori. The main topics on the meeting agenda will be the relations between the USA and the

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Europe Day Greetings from the EU Foreign Ministers

NordenBladet — Did you know that the EU’s External Action Service is also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year? Watch the EU Foreign Ministers’ greetings in honour of the special year. Happy Europe Day!#StrongerTogether #EuropeDay  European Union External Action Service Source: Valtioneuvosto.fi

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Prime Minister Marin highlights importance of education at Porto Summit

NordenBladet — Employment, equal opportunities, social protection and health were key themes on the agenda the Porto Social Summit on Friday 7 May. The summit was organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU.The aim of the

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Non-resident ambassador to Lesotho and representative to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN

NordenBladet — On Thursday 5 May, the President of the Republic decided to appoint a new non-resident ambassador and a representative to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.The President of the Republic appointed Ambassador Anne Lammila to

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Members of some religious communities in Finland worry about safety of their premises

NordenBladet — The Ministry of the Interior has published a report on the perceived security threats raised by different religious communities in Finland concerning their religious premises. The report also lists proposals for improving the safety and security of such

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Webinar: Women’s and girls’ rights and economic empowerment – role of technology and innovation in wake of the pandemic

NordenBladet — Finnish and Canadian ministers and UN Women will organise a webinar on May 18, to seek ways to safeguard the position of women and girls in the post-pandemic reconstruction.The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and especially

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Report: Transformation of work challenges the Nordic welfare model but its strengths may offer a solution

NordenBladet — Global megatrends such as digitalisation, ageing population and climate change pose long-term challenges to the Nordic welfare model. The extensive research project carried out by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the research institute FAFO delved into the

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Prime Minister Marin meets with Portuguese Prime Minister in Porto

NordenBladet — Prime Minister Sanna Marin met with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on Friday 6 May in Porto. The main themes of their bilateral meeting were increasing economic cooperation between the countries and topical EU issues. Finland and Portugal

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Vesa Vuorenkoski appointed State Secretary to Minister Tuppurainen

NordenBladet — On Thursday 6 May, the Government appointed Vesa Vuorenkoski, Master of Laws and Social Sciences, as State Secretary to Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen. The State Secretary’s term ends with that of the Minister.State

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Tax exemption for small imported online purchases to be removed in July

NordenBladet — Value-added tax (VAT) on online purchases will, in future, also be payable on consignments valued at EUR 22 or less that are imported from outside the European Union. The Government proposes that the applicable legislative amendments be approved

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Legislative proposal to Parliament: Event Guarantee reduces organisers’ financial risk

NordenBladet — Event guarantee aims to reduce the financial risk of organising events. The guarantee is a payment commitment given to event organisers in advance for the costs declared by them. If the event were cancelled or its size restricted

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Finland to support COVID-19 response in India, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Niger

NordenBladet — Finland will contribute EUR 3 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help India, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Niger. Finland will help India with EUR 1 million

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