21.10.14

Government decided on third supplementary budget proposal for 2014

On Tuesday 21 October, the Government negotiated a third supplementary budget proposal for 2014. The intention is to submit the proposal to Parliament on Thursday 23 October. The revenue estimate is increased by EUR 601 million. The tax revenue estimate is increased by EUR 317 million, of which EUR 250 million arises from increasing the revenue estimate for earned income and capital income taxes and EUR 50 million from increasing the revenue estimate for capital transfer tax.

The estimate for miscellaneous revenue is increased by EUR 157 million. A recognition of revenue of EUR 100 million is made from the State Guarantee Fund and EUR 17 million from the state-funded Government Guarantee Fund.

 

21.10.14

Minister Toivakka to General Affairs Council

The General Affairs Council will meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday, 21 October. Finland will be represented at the meeting by Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka. The General Affairs Council will make preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 23 and 24 October. The most important issue to be discussed at the European Council meeting is the EU 2030 climate and energy package.

 

20.10.14

Swedish Prime Minister Löfven visits Finland

Sweden's new Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in Helsinki on Monday 20 October. The meeting focused on EU issues and the premiers discussed the energy union and the climate and energy package extending until 2030.

With regard to economic issues, the discussions touched on ways to promote growth, especially the EU's internal market and the European Commission's social investment package. The prime ministers also discussed key international issues, including the Ukraine situation and UN affairs. Defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland was also on the premiers' agenda.

 

21.10.14

Member of Parliament Pekka Haavisto appointed the Foreign Minister's Special Representative to African crisis areas

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has appointed Pekka Haavisto, Member of Parliament, to serve as his Special Representative to African crisis areas. Haavisto continues in the position he held prior to his ministerial period. Haavisto¿s activities for their part strengthen Finland¿s contribution to international mediation and crisis prevention, which are also mentioned in the Government Programme.