Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen attending UN Environment Assembly in Kenya
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen is heading the Finnish delegation to the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 25–27 May. He is also participating, along with Finnish companies, in a seminar to mark 25 years of forestry cooperation between Finland and Kenya.
Age limit relating to the bonus for home savers falls to 15 years from July 2016
The President of Finland has signed a new act amending the Act on Bonus for Home Savers. Instead of the earlier age limit of 18 years, now persons aged 15 years but not 40 may become home savers. For minors it must be specified in the home saving agreement that the deposits made consist of the personal earnings of the minor.
Energy efficiency agreements for 2017–2025 to be launched
Four new energy efficiency agreements will begin next year in Finland for the period 2017–2025. The aim of the agreements is to improve the efficiency of energy use in industry, the energy and service sectors, the real estate sector, the municipal sector and in oil-heated properties.
Finland signed the Paris Climate Agreement – New York gave strong mandate to its implementation
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Finland at the UN Headquarters on 22 April. A total of 170 countries signed this historical agreement in a high-level ceremony organised by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ban on the discharge of sewage from cruise ships into the Baltic Sea
The International Maritime Organization IMO decided today on 22 April 2016 on the entry into force of the regulations concerning the special area of the Baltic Sea. By these regulations the discharge of raw sewage from passenger ships and ferries directly into the sea is banned. All the Baltic Sea states are unanimous in support of the decision.
EUR 12.4 million for the experimentation programme 'Nutrient recycling into practice'
One of the key projects of Government programme is concerned with investing in the recycling and utilisation of nutrients and actions to protect the Baltic Sea and other waters. The experimentation programme on nutrient recycling brings more than EUR 12 million to be used for the development and testing of innovative technologies and logistics solutions. Minister of Agriculture and the Environment declared the experimentation programme opened at the seminar launching the key project on 19 April.
New report: over 1,000 premature deaths in Finland every year due to air pollution
Air pollution is estimated to cause some 1,600 premature deaths in Finland every year. Most of the negative health effects of pollution are caused by particles containing harmful substances or nitrogen oxides. According to a report on the health effects of air pollution, published on 13 April (Ilmansaasteiden terveysvaikutukset), such particles are conveyed to the airways when breathing, and they cause changes in the lungs.
Threatened habitat types in Finland to be assessed
An assessment is to be conducted on the conservation status of Finnish habitat types, along with related reasons and threats. The assessment will be performed according to the criteria developed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which Finland has adopted as among the first countries. The assessment will be completed by the end of 2018.
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen on an export promotion visit to China
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen visits China on 20 – 25 March 2016. Minister Tiilikainen is accompanied by a business delegation of 60 persons, mainly representing the forest, food and cleantech sectors. The main purpose of the visit is to promote the Finnish-Chinese trade relations. On the agenda there is also a visit to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Tiilikainen visits Japan with President Niinistö
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö is on an official visit to Japan on 7-11 March 2016. Minister Tiilikainen, the representative of the Finnish Government and head of the business delegation, flies to Japan on 8 March. The business delegation is composed of representatives of the forest industry, energy, ICT and infrastructure sectors and experts on arctic affairs.