Current issues


Minister Toivakka to make an export promotion trip to Germany

Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Lenita Toivakka will make a three-day export promotion trip to Germany from 25 to 27 November. The purpose of the trip is to promote the exports and internationalization of Finnish companies and to market Finnish expertise and potential in Germany in the music industry as well as in the marine and engineering industries, logistics and the energy efficiency sector. Germany is Finland's second largest export destination after Sweden.



Report: Mining industry fluctuations are visible throughout the value chain

In recent years, the mining boom has subsided and the conditions have become less stable due to the uncertainty of the economic situation. Last year, the total investment in mines was approx. EUR 200 million, which is 45% less than the previous year. Finland is still one of the most attractive mining countries in the world, and the industry products will still be needed in the future.

This is the assessment of the Mining Industry Sector Report by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy's Business Sector Services, published in Helsinki on 25 November 2014.



Finland participated in Nato's Cyber Coalition 2014 exercise

Finland took part in Nato's Cyber Coalition 2014 (CC14) exercise which took place in Tartu on 17 to 20 November 2014. The exercise is organised on an annual basis and this was the fourth time for Finland as a partner country. A total of 26 Nato member countries and five partner countries participated.

As an exercise in cyber security, the purpose of the CC14 was to respond to a variety of cyber incidents and to secure an undisturbed flow of information among different actors during incidents.



Sirpa Paatero thanks companies for their strive for more sustainable production methods

The minister responsible for state ownership steering is worried about the negative effects of the reform of the EU waste directive. Sirpa Paatero, the minister responsible for state ownership steering, thanks Finnish businesses for their efforts to introduce more sustainable production methods. According to Paatero, investments in sustainable practices in all stages of business and production chains should be seen as investments to bolster competitiveness.

"The Finnish businesses are taking determined steps towards the introduction of ecologically more sustainable production methods and energy sources. This is something we should be proud of," says Minister Paatero.