- A well-functioning Single Market. Our EU home market is the world’s largest Single Market, reaching close to 450 million people. Goods, capital, services, people, data and ideas need to move freely without barriers and create well-being for the people.
- A strong EU trade policy. It is vital for the EU to defend rule-based trade system and continue to negotiate international trade agreements for everyone’s benefit. The EU is in a unique position to push free, sustainable and open trade agenda. When speaking with one voice, the EU carries global weight for years to come.
- An efficient climate and circular economy policy. The EU should reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. First, we need to significantly reduce emissions, and second, compensate the remaining emissions. Emissions need a global price tag, so that there is an incentive to reduce them as well as to develop and deploy cleantech innovations. In circular economy goods are designed to be reused and resources to be kept in use as long as possible. It plays a key role in providing solutions to climate change and scarcity of natural resources. It is also a business opportunity offering prospects for new growth.
- More investment in research and innovation. The EU’s joint financial means for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, need to be increased and resources used for innovations and competitive projects that benefit us all.
- The integrity of rule of law in the EU and every Member State. A strong, independent and well-functioning judiciary in every Member State is a must. The EU is built on rule of law. It secures our rights and freedoms, protects consumers and ensures a healthy business environment.
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) represents Finnish business in policy making and social dialogue.
EK’s 24 members are Finnish industry and employers’ organisations representing around 16 000 member companies. The companies collectively contribute to over 70% of Finland’s GDP and over 70% of Finland’s exports, employing around 980 000 people. 96% of our member companies are SMES’s.
EK is headquartered in Helsinki and it established an office in Brussels already in 1974 to make sure that its voice is heard also at European level.