EU transport and telecommunications ministers to meet in Luxembourg
Road safety on Transport Council agendaThe EU transport ministers will discuss two directive proposals included in the road safety package presented by the European Commission in March 2023. The package aims to prevent road fatalities and reduce serious injuries on EU road networks.
Request for comments: review of 2G network licence terms
In particular, the Ministry asks for views on whether the licence terms should continue to oblige businesses to maintain 2G technology in their mobile networks. Currently, the licences require that voice and data services in 2G network cover 99 per cent of the population in mainland Finland. The licences have been granted to DNA Plc, Elisa Corporation and Telia Finland Oyj for the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency bands.
Permanent Secretary Minna Kivimäki to advance Finnish participation in IMO during visits to London and Rabat
Finland’s aim is a membership in the IMO Council for 2024–2025. In addition, Permanent Secretary Kivimäki is a candidate for Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization.
Sustainability report assesses infrastructure and mitigation of climate change
“Promotion of sustainable development is observed in all activities of the Ministry. Digital connections, transport and communications play a key role in the transformation towards sustainability,” says Permanent Secretary Minna Kivimäki.
Report: Finnish space situational awareness centre would promote safety and security
Services relying on satellite systems, such as telecommunications, remote sensing and positioning, are part of our everyday life. The operation of satellite systems is threatened by phenomena in near space, disturbances in space weather and collisions between satellites and space debris. In addition, falling space debris may result in dangerous situations on Earth.
Public consultation: Legislative amendments to improve the availability of railway station accessibility data
The amendments would improve the availability of data on railway station accessibility. They are based on an EU regulation that lays down provisions on the European Railway Station Accessibility Database (ERSAD). The database would contain information on the accessibility of railway stations concerning, for example, platform areas, services and park-and-ride facilities.
Saimaa Canal open as of 2 May
Every year, the delegates agree on a protocol on the length of the sailing period and the date on which the traffic season will open. The decision is made according to the Saimaa Canal lease agreement. It is an international agreement approved by Parliament.
Government outlines position on enhancing communications infrastructure – Member States must have room for manoeuvre
The European Commission adopted its Regulation proposal on 23 February 2023 with a view to promoting cost-effective deployment of high-speed communication networks, attracting investment in fibre networks, and optimising take-up of 5G connections. The aim is to promote common use of existing, and joint construction of new physical infrastructure. The Regulation is intended to repeal an instrument known as the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive.
Provisional agreement in the EU on the use of alternative fuels in aviation, Finland's priority for flexibility included
In July 2021, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a regulation on aviation fuels, the so-called ReFuel Aviation proposal, as part of the EU climate package, i.e. the Fit for 55 package. The regulation aims at increasing the use of renewable fuels in aviation and ensuring that the long-term increase in air traffic emissions will end.
Permanent Secretary Minna Kivimäki to advance Finnish participation in IMO during visit to London
Finland is seeking membership in the IMO Council for the 2024–2025 term. In addition, Kivimäki is a candidate for Secretary-General of the IMO.