Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen decided to subsidise the development of immigrant pupils and students’ educational paths and other measures promoting integration by EUR 5.5 million.
At the moment, immigrants have to travel a long path to be able to access education and working life in Finland. Education plays a key role in immigrants’ integration into the Finnish society, and special attention must be paid to their possibilities to acquire the necessary language skills, either in Finnish or Swedish.
- Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen
Budget proposal Less debt will be taken and public finances will be strengthened
Minister of Finance Petteri Orpo’s budget proposal creates room for growth and employment. The goal is to safeguard the financing of public services and the welfare state. The proposal will be published in full on the Ministry of Finance’s website on Thursday, 10 August.
The Government has decided to open passenger rail transport to competition. In the 2020s, VR will no longer have exclusive right to the provision of rail transport services in the Finnish rail network and other operators can enter the passenger rail transport market as well. The reform will be carried out in an orderly manner, divided into stages and follow the principles of good human resources policy.
Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä announced the Government decision on 9 August.
In 2017, Finland will have been an independent state for a hundred years. The main theme of the centenary celebrations is Together.
With its five strategic priorities in the Government Programme, Sipilä’s Government is taking steps to follow through with essential reforms. The strategic objectives are materialised in the form of 26 key projects.
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