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Prime Minister’s letter to the European Commission President

Government Communications Department 11.5.2017 10.55 | Published in English on 11.5.2017 at 15.31
News item 29/2017
Prime Minister’s letter to the European Commission President

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has sent a letter to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to express Finland’s concerns relating to the way the land use sector is proposed to be included in the EU’s climate policy. Finland is particularly concerned about the way forests are to be handled.

Finnish forests are a significant sink for greenhouse gases. However, based on the calculations in the regulation that is now being negotiated (the LULUCF Regulation), forests could become a source of greenhouse gas emissions, which would be a burden for Finland. Because of this Finland should reduce emissions in other sectors such as transport more than has been proposed. This would also complicate Finland’s efforts to promote the bioeconomy, which is a key objective for the Finnish economy.

In the letter Prime Minister Sipilä stresses that Finland is fully committed to the EU’s climate policy and strongly supports the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Finland aims for a carbon-neutral society that is based on renewable energy.