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Steering group appointed on combating the grey economy

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 10.1.2020 15.34
Press release

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has appointed a steering group on combating the grey economy. The group will be chaired by the Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen.

The purpose of appointing a steering group on combating the grey economy is to ensure the implementation of measures set out in the Government Programme and the preparation of other measures necessary to combat the grey economy and economic crime.

“Since the mid-1990s, the Finnish government has taken action, with varying degrees of determination, to combat the grey economy. The current Government Programme contains ambitious measures to tackle the grey economy; this is to ensure it will not disrupt fair competition,” explains Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen.

The steering group’s tasks also include adopting a new strategy to combat the grey economy and economic crime, and an action plan for post-2020 implementation.

“Every effort is made to accelerate the introduction of a digital receipt. The adoption of automated financial administration systems in companies will not only combat the grey economy; the processing of real-time data will create huge business opportunities. Finland must claim its place in the vanguard of digitalisation,” Minister Haatainen emphasises.

“Furthermore, it is important to intensify the monitoring of working conditions by making tax numbers compulsory in new sectors. Generally speaking, better conditions must be created for cooperation between authorities,” the Minister continues. 

Combating the grey economy is a joint effort

The steering group will work in close cooperation with the executive group on combating the grey economy and economic crime appointed by the Ministry of the Interior. In addition, the network tackling undeclared work set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment reports on its work to the steering group.

The steering group will work in close cooperation and keep track of the work performed by other authorities, such as the Tax Administration and its Grey Economy Information Unit, and the anti-corruption cooperation network of the Ministry of Justice.

The steering group’s term begins at the beginning of 2020 and ends when the term of Prime Minister Marin’s Government ends.

Inquiries:

Elise Pekkala, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 063 731

Composition of the steering group on combating the grey economy

Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Chair

Members

Antti Neimala, Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Terhi Järvikare, Director General, Ministry of Finance
Ari-Pekka Koivisto, Director General, Ministry of Justice
Tero Kurenmaa, Director General, Ministry of the Interior
Janne Marttinen, Director, Tax Administration

Specialists                      

Ann-Mari Kemell, Special Adviser, Ministry of Finance
Lauri Finér, Special Adviser, Ministry of Finance
Henri Purje, Special Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture
Camilla Mäkinen, Special Adviser, Ministry of Justice
Jussi Pyykkönen, Special Adviser, Ministry of the Interior
Tommi Toivola, Director, Confederation of Finnish Industries
Janne Makkula, Labour Market Director, Federation of Finnish Enterprises
Hannu Jouhki, Director, Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK)
Taina Vallander, Director, Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK
Pasi Sorjonen, Chief Economist, Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland

Secretariat

Elise Pekkala, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Secretary-General
Juha Tuovinen, Chief Superintendent, Ministry of the Interior, Secretary
Tarja Valsi, Head of Compliance Control, Tax Administration, Secretary

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