Press Releases

Income limits introduced for selection of residents to state-subsidised rental housing

11.4.2024 14.32
The Government has decided to introduce maximum income limits to the selection of residents to state-subsidised rental housing (rental housing of the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland Ara). The income limits will be applied both to the selection of new residents and to moving to another apartment. No income limits will be applied to rental housing intended for special groups. The maximum income limits will become applicable as from 1 January 2025.

EU Environment Ministers to discuss EU 2040 climate target

25.3.2024 9.54
The EU Environment Ministers will convene in Brussels on Monday 25 March to discuss the EU 2040 climate target. Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen will represent Finland in Brussels.

Minister of Climate and the Environment Mykkänen in Kyiv: Finland will support Ukraine in mapping environmental damages and in reconstruction

8.3.2024 19.19
On Friday 8 March, Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen visited Kyiv at the invitation of Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ruslan Strilets. During the visit, he also met Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration of Ukraine and Deputy Minister of Energy Svitlana Grynchuk.

Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen visits Kyiv

8.3.2024 13.12
Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen visits Kyiv on 8 March 2024. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the environmental damages caused by the war, energy situation in Ukraine and Finland’s support for Ukraine’s reconstruction and assistance to the Ukrainian energy sector.

Provisional agreement on proposal for regulation concerning packaging and packaging waste

5.3.2024 15.10
On 4 March 2023, the EU Member States, European Parliament and Commission reached a provisional political agreement on a proposal for a regulation on packaging and packaging waste. Finland has taken an active part in the preparation of the regulation. The proposal that was agreed on can be evaluated in further detail only after its final content is available. The proposal is still pending formal adoption by the Member States and Parliament. The regulation will become applicable 18 months after its adoption.

Ministry of the Environment requests comments on changes to resident selection in affordable ARA housing

4.3.2024 13.42
Kaksi nuorta portaikossa kantamassa Peikonlehteä. Nuoret muuttavat uuteen asuntoon.
The aim of the legislative amendments circulated for comments is to clarify the resident selection procedure for affordable state-subsidised dwellings. According to the draft government proposal, the amendments will make it easier especially for people who have fled from Ukraine to find a dwelling. Comments can be submitted until 12 April.

UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi will focus on comprehensive solutions to global environmental problems

23.2.2024 11.17
The world’s highest-level decision-making body for matters related to the environment, the United Nations Environment Assembly UNEA, will convene at its sixth session in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 February–1 March. UNEA-6 will bring UN Member States and representatives of civil society groups, the scientific community and the private sector together to seek solutions to acute environmental challenges. Finland’s UNEA delegation will be led by Minister of Climate and the Environment Kai Mykkänen. The theme of the session is multilateral actions to tackle the planetary sustainability crisis – climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

Provisional agreement reached on EU carbon removal certification framework

22.2.2024 15.02
Rypsipelto Vantaalla, taustalla kerrostaloja, toimistoja ja voimalinjoja
During the negotiations on the carbon removal certification framework regulation of the European Union, a provisional political agreement was reached on the night between Monday and Tuesday. The regulation also provides support for the promotion of activities related to the domestic carbon market.

Voluntary forest protection popular among forest owners – record numbers of environmental aid agreements and nature management measures under METSO Programme

8.2.2024 9.03
Kuvituskuva: taulakääpä.
Last year, almost 10,000 hectares of forest habitats were protected under the Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland METSO. The ten-year environmental aid agreements concluded by Finnish forest owners covered more than 5,100 hectares of forest and about 4,300 hectares were protected permanently. Besides these, about 90 hectares were protected for 20 years and nature management work was carried out in an area of about 160 hectares.

Technologies and technical carbon sequestration solutions needed to reach EU’s 2040 climate target

6.2.2024 18.29
Ilmakuva kaupungista.
On 6 February 2024, the European Commission issued a Communication concerning the climate target for 2040 and a Communication on Industrial Carbon Management. The Communications open up paths towards new clean solutions and further development of carbon sequestration.