Current issues

18.9.14

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy granted EUR 65.2 million in three new LNG terminals

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy announced that it has committed a total of EUR 65.2 million in energy subsidies for three liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. With the help of this support, Manga LNG Oy, Skangass Oy, and Oy Aga Ab will build LNG terminals in Tornio, Pori and Rauma respectively. These new terminals will help facilitate a move to significantly reduce the industrial use of fuel oil and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in Finland.

"The decrees to go ahead with these three operations will see more than EUR 200 million being invested into LNG terminals. This will then instigate the development of a network of terminals along the Finnish coastline," commented Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori after signing the decrees.

 

17.9.14

Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met President of Uruguay José Mujica

On Wednesday, 17 September, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb met President of Uruguay José Mujica Cordano at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister¿s Official Residence. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were Finland-Uruguay relations, EU-Mercosur cooperation, and global trends in regional integration. At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Stubb gave President Mujica a gift of a Finnish maternity package, which has attracted interest within Uruguay.

 

17.9.14

Minister Toivakka visited Strasbourg

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 16 September.

On her visit, Minister Toivakka met, among others, Secretary-General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade Bernd Lange, Chairman of the Group of the European People's Party Manfred Weber, Finnish Members of the European Parliament, and particularly Members of Parliament who focus on the activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

15.9.14

Vapaavuori: Supplementary processes regarding Fennovoima and TVO decisions-in-principle to be presented to Government

Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori said at a press conference held today that the Ministry of Employment and the Economy will present proposals to the Government for decisions on supplementary applications submitted by Fennovoima and Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) in the spring of 2014 concerning supplements to existing decisions-in-principle. The proposals will be presented on Thursday, 18 September 2014.

The supplement of the application by Fennovoima to a decision-in-principle will be presented for approval with one precondition for issuing the construction license: at least 60 per cent of the shares must be in Finnish ownership. The supplementary application for a deadline extension by Teollisuuden Voimato a decision-in-principle will be presented for rejection.