Legislative proposal related to the Smart Borders Package to Parliament

14.10.2021 14.36
The Government has submitted to Parliament a government proposal for supplementary legislation on the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The purpose of the proposal is to make amendments to the national legislation as required by the relevant European Parliament and Council regulations. 

Amendment to the reception act would clarify responsibilities for preparing for mass influx of migrants

7.10.2021 13.57
The Government proposes that the reception act be amended so that the Finnish Immigration Service would have central responsibility for preparedness planning concerning the organisation of reception services in the event of a mass influx of migrants. The amendment would improve preparedness for large numbers of migrants and clarify the division of duties between the authorities. The Government submitted a proposal on the amendment to Parliament on 7 October.

Restrictions on entry to be amended from 18 October

14.10.2021 14.28
Restrictions on entry will be lifted for residents of the countries and regions on the EU’s green list. In addition, the Vainikkala border crossing point will open to passenger traffic. The Government adopted a decision on the matter on 14 October and the decisions will enter into force on 18 October.

EU home affairs ministers discuss migration, situation in Afghanistan and fight against child sexual abuse

7.10.2021 14.48
EU home affairs ministers will gather in Luxembourg on 8 October for a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council. Items on the agenda include the external dimension of migration, the situation in Afghanistan and the fight against child sexual abuse. Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo will represent Finland at the meeting.

Restrictions on entry at external borders extended until 24 October

7.10.2021 14.27
Restrictions on entry will be lifted for residents of Kuwait in traffic arriving in Finland from Kuwait. The Government adopted a decision on the matter on 7 October. No other changes will be introduced to the restrictions. The existing restrictions on entry at external borders will be extended until 24 October.

National implementation of EU Directive on access to financial information proceeds to Parliament

7.10.2021 13.51
National implementation of the EU Directive on access to financial information moves a step closer. On 7 October, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal to amend the Act on the Bank and Payment Accounts Control System and the Act on the Financial Intelligence Unit.