HS: The Finnish government is in conflict with EU taxonomic regulations

The European Commission describes the EU’s taxonomy as a classification system that provides a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. The provision deals in particular with the type of activities of the forest industry that meet the criteria for sustainable financing of the 27-nation bloc.

Finland has only three options: to support, to oppose or to abstain.

The lines of the Coalition Government are divided as expected. The Center and the Swedish People’s Party are opposed to the draft regulation on the grounds that it represents too detailed an interference with national rights to decide on the use of the forest. The Greens and the Left Alliance believe that the government should support nature, even if it is too watered down from a sustainable development perspective.

The Social Democratic Party has been left to find common ground between two opposing camps.

the Treasury minister Annika Saarikko (The Center) stated to Helsingin Sanomat on Friday that the Center is only satisfied with the decision to oppose the proposal.

“The issue is so strongly a matter of national interests that we cannot be a country without an EU attitude. We are now moving towards that. We simply have to solve this problem, and the solution must be no. The center is content with just an opposing stance, “he declared.

According to Saarikko, voting against nature is also influencing future political decisions. “A decision on biodiversity, for example, will soon be made, and it also has problematic features for us. It’s about influencing it. “

He pointed out that the Center has supported huge measures to tackle the climate emergency in the EU. However, it is important that the government dares to take a stand on issues of particular national importance.

Saarikko estimates that the taxonomy decree would change the forest financial markets unnecessarily for Finland. It would also increase the obligation to monitor and report on the climate sustainability of forest use in a way that would affect forest owners, finance and forest trade.

“The proposal would only add bureaucracy, and we can’t be sure it would help combat climate change,” he explained.

“This does not mean that we oppose everything in the proposal. No, we support many things in it and we believe that the goals of the taxonomy are in the right direction. We also think that nuclear power should be included in the taxonomy.”

The SDP is working to ensure that a decision on the draft regulation is taken quickly, although the government will not have to communicate its position to the EU before 8 December.

The government’s position is unlikely to have an impact on the adoption of the decree or not, as Helsingin Sanomat says it is very unlikely that more than half of the member states will oppose it.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page





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