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Legal Affairs Committee Opposes Gay Marriage
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Finland voted 9–8 against the citizens' initiative for equal marriage rights. The voting took place on Thursday 20th November. Read more »
Photo: OSCE PA / Swiss Parliament / Fabio Chironi
Kanerva to Address OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna
OSCE PA President Ilkka Kanerva is scheduled to address the OSCE Permanent Council, the decision-making body responsible for the day-to-day business of the Organization,on 13 November. Read more »
Funding of YLE to Remain at the Present Level
Funding of Finnish State Broadcaster YLE remains at the present level. The Finnish Parliament accepted the temporary amendment to the Act on the State Television and Radio Fund on Wednesday 12th November. Read more »
Parliament Discussed the Human Rights Report
The Parliament of Finland discussed the Government Report on the Human Rights on Tuesday 11th November. After the preliminary debate, the report was sent to the Committee of Foreign Affairs for preparation. Read more »
Government Wins Vote of Confidence After Interpellation
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's four-party government won a tight vote of confidence in the Parliament on Friday 7th November. MPs voted 97–94 in favour of the government. Read more »
Statement by OSCE PA President Kanerva on Parliament shooting in Ottawa
President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) today issued the following statement regarding the shooting at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday: Read more »
Finnish MPs to Observe Elections in Ukraine
Two members of the Finnish Parliament will travel to Ukraine as official observers of parliamentary elections being held there on Sunday. Read more »
Finns Party and Centre Party File Interpellation
Two major opposition parties, Finns Party and Centre Party, have tabled an interpellation concerning Finland's economic policies, since the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating on the Republic of Finland from AAA to AA+. Read more »
Indian President Visits Parliament
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India visited Parliament on Thursday 16 October. He was welcomed by Speaker Eero Heinäluoma. Representatives from all the parliamentary groups participated in the discussions that were held during the visit. Read more »
Final Report of the Parliamentary Assessment Group was given to Minister of Defence Carl Haglund
Final Report of the Parliamentary Assessment Group was given to Minister of Defence Carl Haglund
The parliamentary assessment group that assessed Finland’s long-term defence challenges gave its final report to Minister of Defence Carl Haglund on October 1st. The key conclusion of the group is that the additional financing, at minimum, which the defence establishment proposed in the Government’s 2012 security and defence policy report is needed to rectify the shortcomings in material capabilities. Read more »
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