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Analysis: Mining operations taxed lightly in Finland

Green European Foundation and Green Think Tank Visio have translated Juho Heikkilä’s analysis from the Finnish original to English. 

The initiative for reforming the Finnish Mining Act started with Finnish Parliament’s ratification of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in 2018. The proposal on the reform, originally intended to be submitted to Parliament in December 2020, has now been postponed by a year as the Ministry chose to include an instrument for the comparison of interests in the reform just as the working group was about to finish its

Juho Heikkilä, student of Economics and Environmental Economics,
explains the background of the reform, examines the content of the draft
and offers suggestions for its improvement.

The Analysis can be downloaded as a PDF file.

This publication has been produced with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

As part of the Green European Foundation’s ‘Metals for a green and digital Europe’ transnational project, we are spotlighting the needs of the EU to examine and adjust its supply and use of metals.

While the energy from the sun and wind is nearly infinite, the resources we need to capture this energy are not. Solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and power cables all contain metals, which are not always sourced sustainably. With both the energy transition and the digital transition high on the EU agenda, it is crucial we start looking at how to green our metals.