Current issues


Open Finland 2014 exhibits the opportunities of open data

Next autumn, the Prime Minister's Office and its cooperation partners will organise a major event focusing on open data and its uses. The "Open Finland 2014" event will be held in Wanha Satama, Helsinki, on 15 - 16 September.

The event will bring together businesses, civil society organisations, researchers, administration and decision-makers. The participants will be challenged to take up open data, explore crowdsourcing and promote openness and opportunities for applying open data. The aim of the event is to gain exposure to the opportunities provided by the use of open data, share Finnish success stories and create new open data opportunities.



President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine

On Wednesday 16 April 2014, the President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discussed the situation in Ukraine.

The situation in Ukraine continues to raise concern. Tension has increased in eastern Ukraine. All parties, including Russia, should do their part to de-escalate the situation and reduce tensions. The negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the United States in Geneva on 17 April will provide an important opportunity to seek for a negotiated solution and open dialogue between Ukraine and Russia.



Ihalainen: New EU directive to improve the posted workers' position in labour market

Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen is satisfied that the European Parliament decided in its session on 16 April 2014 to pass the enforcement directive on the posting of workers. The measure compels employers to abide by the terms of employment of posted workers in practice.

"The enforcement directive is a significant step forward in the improvement of the rights of employees. Thanks to the directive, supervision of the terms of employment of posted workers will become more efficient," Minister Ihalainen emphasises.



Estonian Prime Minister Rõivas visited Helsinki

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen met with the new Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, in Helsinki on Tuesday 15 April. The meeting took place at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister's Official Residence.

The prime ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine as well as topical EU issues, such as the upcoming European elections, the European economy and industrial policy.