Key projects

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Government follows through reforms in five focus areas: Employment and competitiveness, Knowledge and education, Wellbeing and healthcare, Bioeconomy and clean technologies, and Digitalisation and deregulation. The Government's strategic objectives include 26 spearhead projects.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has responsibilities in the focus areas of Employment and competitiveness, Knowledge and education, Bioeconomy and clean solutions as well as Digitalisation, experimentation and deregulation.

The tables below describe the key projects and measures for which Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä and Minister of Employment Jari Lindström are responsible.

Implementation of the Government Programme, key projects

1.Employment and competitiveness

1.Strengthening competitiveness by improving conditions for business and entrepreneurship

Responsible Minister Lintilä

1. Renewal of Team Finland's operating model

2. Strengthening the funding and equity capital position of businesses

3. Strengthening growth and increasing competition

4. Launching regional innovations and experimentations.

5. Renewal of the agreements on land use, housing and transport (MAL) between central government and municipalities in the Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu urban regions.

6. Strengthening the entrepreneurship package

7. Increasing the share of innovative procurements of all public procurements

8. Finland will be made a pioneer in the utilisation of genome data

9. A road map for digital business operations will be created.

Responsible person at the MEE

1. Mikko Ojala, Marjukka Aarnio, Pirjo Harjunen, Petri Peltonen, Harri Eskola, Petteri Ohvo
2. Tiina Ingman, Jyrki Orpana
3.Pekka Timonen, Marjukka Aarnio, Anne Rothovius, Tarja Kröger
4. Mari Anttikoski
5. Ministry of the Environment
6. Ulla Hiekkanen-Mäkelä
7. Minna Mattila, Tarja Sinivuori-Boldt
8. Asta Wallenius
9. Pekka Lindroos

2. Incentive traps preventing acceptance of work will be removed and structural employment reduced

Responsible Minister Lindström

1. Reform of unemployment security and removal of incentive traps that prevent acceptance of work

2. Creation of an inclusive social security model

3. The conditions of the job alternation leave system will be tightened by changing it into a means-tested system and/or changing the work history condition

Responsible person at the MEE

1 – 3.Päivi Kerminen

3. Local agreement will be promoted and barriers to employment removed

Responsible Minister Lindström

1. Projects to enhance local agreement

2. Fixed-term employment relationships of less than a year without justification will be enabled.

3. The probationary period will be lengthened.

4. Work time schedules will be used to develop functioning of the labour market.

5. The obligation to re-employ a worker will be made more flexible.

6. The workers' change security in redundancies on collective grounds will be developed.

7. The personal contribution period for sickness during annual leave will be changed. The amendment entered into force on 1 April 2016

8. Comprehensive reforms of the Working Hours Act and Annual Holidays Act will be implemented.

9. The Government promotes work-based immigration that strengthens Finland's employment situation and the public economy, improves the dependency ratio and enhances internationalisation of the economy.

Responsible person at the MEE

1 – 8. Tarja Kröger, Nico Steiner, Susanna Siitonen
9. Olli Sorainen

4. Reform of employment service activities to support employment

Responsible Minister Lindström

1. The Employment and Economic Development Centres' role in employment services activities will be clarified. The dialogue and collaboration between public employment services and employers will be strengthened. The reform will activate the job seeker's own role in looking for work but will also ensure that sanctions in the current legislation are enforced efficiently

2. The transfer of responsibility for employment services and resources, with respect to the least employable workers, to municipalities by commuting area will be explored

3. The role of private employment services particularly in services for the most employable workers will be increased

4. The growth enterprise employment programme will be realised.

5. The possibility of implementing the "Work Demonstration" service will be examined.

Responsible person at the MEE

Kari Rintanen, Päivi Kerminen Jarmo Palm

2. Knowledge and education

5. Building up cooperation between higher education institutions and business life to bring innovations to the market

Responsible Minister Lintilä in cooperation with Minister Grahn-Laasonen

1. A proposal for the distribution of responsibilities and closer collaboration between faculties and research units will be required from higher education institutions and research institutes. Higher education institutions will be capitalised.

2. Powerful regional centres of excellence and hubs representing specific fields will be provided with financial support.

3. Effectiveness of research results and commercialisation will be taken into account in the steering of public research, development and innovation funding, and in incentives for research institutes and higher education institutions.

4. Barriers for education exports at all levels of education will be removed.

Responsible person at the MEE

Antti Valle

6. Youth guarantee towards community guarantee

Responsible Minister Grahn-Laasonen in cooperation with Minister Lindström and Minister Rehula

1. The youth guarantee will be developed into a model in which the responsibility for a young person in need of support is allocated to one place and outreach youth work will be strengthened. Cooperation between the public, private and third sectors in supporting young people will be intensified. Good practices and projects in youth guarantee will be made use of and the best elements will be introduced nationally.

2. Every comprehensive school graduate will be guaranteed a place of further study.3. Social services as well as health care and mental health services for young people will be strengthened and rehabilitation places will be guaranteed.

4. Job seeker activities will be strengthened, and pay subsidies for young people and the Sanssi card will be developed to encourage working.

Responsible person at the MEE

4.Teija Felt

4. Bioeconomy and clean solutions

1. Towards carbon-free, clean and renewable energy cost-efficiently

Responsible Minister Tiilikainen

1. An energy and climate strategy to 2030 and related measures to implement the objectives in the Government Programme and the obligations set by the EU will be prepared.

2. The government's medium-term climate policy plan, which is accordance with the Climate Change Act, will be prepared.

3. An additional investment in Energy Support will be targeted at company investments in renewable energy and large new energy technology demo projects.

Responsible person at the MEE

Markku Kinnunen, Anja Liukko, Jukka Saarinen

2. Wood on the move and new products from forests

Responsible Ministers Tiilikainen and Lintilä

1. Supply and versatile use of wood will be increased 

2. New products, services and business models in bioeconomy will be developed

3. Introduction of new innovations in bioeconomy will be sped up with help of experimental projects and innovative public procurements

Responsible person at the MEE

Reima Sutinen

5. Digitalisation, experimentation and deregulation

1. Digitalisation of public services

Responsible Minister Vehviläinen

1. Digitalisation principles that apply to all public procurements will be created and adopted.

2 Internal processes within the administration will be digitalised and former processes will be dismantled.

3. Information management equipment and service models, as well as Act on Information Management

Responsible person at the MEE

Sirpa Alitalo, Antti Joensuu

2. Creating a growth environment for the digital business environment

1. The Internet of Things will be promoted.

2. A growth environment will be built for transport digital services.

3. An information security strategy that increases trust in the internet and digital practices

will be drafted.

4. The utilisation and development of robotics in Finland will be increased.

5. The utilisation of mass data and business activities based on mass data in Finland will be increased, and My Data-based trials will be launched

Responsible person at the MEE

Tapio Virkkunen

3. Streamlining regulation

1. Unnecessary provisions will be removed, unnecessary regulation will be dismantled, and the necessary provisions will be redrafted. Measure 1 will be implemented by ministry (by sector). The responsible minister will head the implementation and be responsible for its implementation.

2. Permit and appeal processes will be streamlined, and a service guarantee will be issued for these.

3. The number of mutual complaints between authorities will be minimised, for example with the prior negotiation procedure.

4. A legislation effectiveness evaluation body will be established, the task of which will be to ensure the quality of legislation effectiveness evaluations. 

Responsible person at the MEE

1-3 Susanna Siitonen

4. Introducing a culture of experimentation

1. Introducing a culture of experimentation

Responsible person at the MEE

Heidi Nummela, Antti Joensuu

5. Management and implementation to be improved

1.  Using strategy-based objectives to achieve better public administration management.

Responsible person at the MEE

Heidi Nummela