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Draft budget of the Ministry of Transport and Communications EUR 3.54 billion

Ministry of Transport and Communications 13.8.2020 10.46 | Published in English on 13.8.2020 at 15.14
Press release

The Ministry of Transport and Communications proposes that EUR 3.54 billion be allocated to its administrative branch for 2021.

It is proposed that EUR 2.1 billion be allocated to the transport and communications network, EUR 784 million to transport and communication services and EUR 669 million to administration and joint expenditure for the administrative branch.

Climate change mitigation taken into account in basic transport infrastructure management

A majority of the appropriations to transport and communications networks, EUR 1.37 billion, would be allocated to the basic transport infrastructure management of roads, railways and waterways.

In infrastructure management, priority will be given to measures ensuring the daily functioning of transport, the good condition of the network that is busy and important for business and industry, and the opportunities provided by digitalisation. The aim is to take climate change mitigation into account in all measures.

Efforts will be made to curb the growth of the repair backlog. The condition of the transport infrastructure will be safeguarded, paying particular attention to the needs of business and industry.

An appropriation of EUR 13 million is proposed for private road grants.

New transport infrastructure projects

On 26 June 2020, Parliament adopted the Government's fourth supplementary budget proposal for 2020. The supplementary budget includes funding for a number of new road, rail and waterway projects across Finland in the form of stimulus measures due to the coronavirus epidemic, industrial investments and measures related to land use, housing and transport agreements. Funding for the new transport infrastructure projects approved in the supplementary budget will be continued in the draft budget for 2021.

Climate strategy objectives will be promoted through a number of measures

The Ministry of Transport and Communications proposes that an appropriation of EUR 28.5 million be allocated to projects promoting walking and cycling and to projects improving the operational environment for public transport in local government.

On 5 June 2020, the Government submitted its fourth supplementary budget proposal for 2020 to Parliament. In connection with the Government's supplementary budget session, it was agreed that an increase of EUR 25 million be proposed for the 2021 budget to promote walking and cycling.

As part of the promotion programme adopted by the Government, a joint investment programme by the state and municipalities will be implemented to improve the conditions for walking and cycling. The promotion programme is part of the national energy and climate strategy.

In order to promote the objectives of the Energy and Climate Strategy, central government will support the development of transport services in large urban areas in order to promote digitalisation, provision of broader and more diverse transport services and the development of interoperable ticket and payment systems relying on a back-end system. An appropriation of EUR 20 million is proposed for these climate-based measures.

An appropriation of EUR 6 million is proposed to be allocated for supporting purchases of electric cars and conversions of passenger vehicles. The aim of this support is to promote the renewal of the car fleet so that an increasing number of cars would use alternative propulsion or fuels and, at the same time, harmful emissions from transport would be reduced.

Transport and communication services

An appropriation of EUR 108 million is proposed to be allocated for purchasing and developing public transport services.

It is proposed that EUR 89 million be allocated to improving the competitiveness of vessels in maritime transport.

An appropriation of EUR 5 million is proposed for the purpose of continuing the national broadband project.

An allocation of EUR 19 million is proposed for the purchases and development of archipelago and ferry transport services.


Inquiries:

llkka Hamunen, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. + 358 50 478 1027

basic transport infrastructure management, infrastructure network development, walking and cycling, broadband aid:

Timo Kievari, Director of Development Unit, tel. +358 40 059 3706

purchases and development of public passenger transport, archipelago and ferry transport services:

Sini Wirén, Director of Basic Services Unit, tel. +358 40 507 0916

whole budget:

Sanna Ruuskanen, Director of Finance and Development Unit, tel. +358 50 344 3400



Press release on 5 June 2020: Government's fourth supplementary budget proposal: Support for public transport services, walking and cycling, infrastructure projects across the country
Ministry of Finance

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