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What are the source of values for European Union?

Where is Europe heading? This is one of the main questions in the next year EU-parliament elections.

In a time of growing distrust in the European political institutions it is time to reconnect the EU with its peoples and the values they recognise as vital for their personal life and their societies. This requires that these values will be in the core of EU policies and it also requires an explicit connection with the source of these values in order to keep them fresh and strong in our Union.

Christianity entered Europe nearly 2000 years ago and has since then had a profound influence in our continent. Even though Europe is rich in its cultural , the christian faith runs as a red thread through . European nations and cultures. In all these cultures Christianity has had a deep impact on ethics, religion, view at humanity and freedom.

The leaders who founded the European Union envisioned a union of nations that would preserve, protect and spread the values that are the foundation of our freedom and democracy. These are the Judeo-Christian values that determined the very fabric of our European societies; respect for the individual, respect for diversity and solidarity.



Christian Democrats in Finland appealing for broad support for the referendum in Sudan

According to the peace agreement, signed in 2005 by government in Khartoum and Southern Sudan, represented by the Sudan People´s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the referendum for Southern Sudans autonomy will take place next January.

SPLMs European spokesman, Ali Abdelatif Husseinin, met with me on Wednesday in Helsinki. Ali Abdelatif Hussein said, that right now everything seems to be unstable and that the government in Khartoum does not comply with the peace agreement. There are still several open issues as how to share the oil incomes and where to draw the border.

I am going to ask the Christian Democrats in Parliament to call on other parties to express their support for democratic and free referendum in January. In the worst case it seems that a new war could start, which may involve huge flows of refugees and cost innocent people their lives.

– SPLM is a social democratic party, but now all parties should work towards a peaceful solution to the conflict.

According to Ali Hussein M the support from Finland and the European Parliament is very important, because Khartoum is closely following how different countries attitudes will develop. A significant number of countries have already promised to recognize

South Sudan independence if the people chooses this alternative in the January referendum.
Christian Democratic Party and the SPLM will keep regular contact to follow up with developments in the autumn.


How would we act if Hamas would be shooting rockets at our country every day?

Before Facts Known, European Politicians condemned Israel’s attempts to Stop Illegal Flotilla

Several European leaders were quick to condemn Israel’s campaign Monday to prevent an illegal flotilla from reaching Gaza – well before information and video footage showed that the self-described human rights activists aboard one of the ships were armed and violently attacked Israeli military personnel.

Despite the fact that Israel publicly offered to inspect and then transfer the flotilla’s aid to Gaza several days prior to the incident, many opponents of Israel are now making wild accusations that humanitarian supplies are being blocked from entering Gaza. The facts put these charges to rest – just take a look at how much aid Israel regularly delivers to Gaza, and what it means in real terms for Gazans:

  • Over one million tons of humanitarian supplies were delivered by Israel to the people of Gaza in the past 18 months – that’s equal to nearly one ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza.
  • In the first quarter of 2010 alone (January-March), Israel delivered 94,500 tons of supplies to Gaza. It’s very easy to miss what that actually means for the people of Gaza. The breakdown includes:
    • 40,000 tons of wheat – which is equal to 53 million loaves of bread;
    • 2,760 tons of rice – which equals 69 million servings;
    • 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear – the equivalent weight of 3.6 million pairs of jeans;and
    • 553 tons of milk powder and baby food – equivalent to over 3.1 million days of formula for an average six-month-old baby.
  • This reflects a long-term effort on the part of Israel to deliver a massive and comprehensive supply of aid to Gaza’s civilians, while restricting the ability of Hamas to import missiles that have been launched at the cities of southern Israel. In 2009 alone:
    • During the Muslim holy days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, Israel shipped some 11,000 head of cattle into Gaza – enough to provide 8.8 million meals of beef;
    • More than 3,000 tons of hypochlorite were delivered by Israel to Gaza for water purification purposes – that’s 60 billion gallons of purified water; and
    • Israel brought some 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicine into Gaza – a weight equivalent to over 360,000 260-piece mobile trauma first aid kits. A neccesary question to all of us is: how would we act – and what should we demand our leaders to do, if Hamas would be shooting rockets at our country every day?

Is the EU going into the old socialistic system?

EU ministers has overnight agreed to found a 750 billion euro currency fund to ensure that countries with problems, (read Greece, Portugal, Spain, England and Ireland), shall be guaranted loans to “the right marketprice” when they are in need of additional loans.
I hope that the decision is biting on “the free market forces”. I am now going to Vilnius to participate in the EPP group’s spring meeting. It will be interesting to hear how the heads of state and finance ministers from the conservative controlled nations will speak. Is the EU moving away from the only salvation “free market force theory” into the old socialistic system, where the  collective bears responsibility for the negligence of others?


Sm-sector share of GDP is 40 percent.

SMEs are important to our economy. Of the total business turnover of 395 billion SMEs account for half and most of their sales occur in industry and commerce. Sm-sector share of GDP is 40 percent.

Of the imports SMEs share is 23 percent and of the exports 10 percent. It should also be recognized that many small and medium-sized companies has a role as subcontractors to larger enterprises, whose products and services are exported.

In many cases, sole entrepreneurs could have the opportunity to expand, but companies are not necessarily prepared to deal with the risks and responsibilities that an employee entails.
In many situations a job could be easier for the entrepreneur, as this could share the liabilities. By reducing the costs of employer’s temporary for 1-2 years, it would be easier for sole entrepreneurs to employ new staff.

Actions to strengthen the business is an importnat issue for Finland. It is particularly important that we give postive signals to the investing industry and that we are prepared to ensure energy at an affordable price also in the future.

The government should ensure the presumptions for the industry. At the same time it ensures that Finland collects export revenues. The energy tax on industry must therefore be on a level, so that the economy of Finland remains competitive.