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Finnish Young Greens: Ambitious Economical Policies and New Leadership

ViNO (the Federation of Green Youth and Students) held its General Assembly in Helsinki last weekend. Representatives of Green youth organisations from across Finland spent a few days debating major national and international political questions, making decisions for the upcoming year, and preparing for the municipal elections that will be held on 9 April 2017. Young Greens are going to campaign in municipalities around the country in order to increase their representation in local decision-making and continue to successfully take concrete steps towards a Green society.

The GA adopted an economical policy paper, which outlines ViNO's vision for a sustainable and just economy. ViNO aims to restructure the fiscal system in ways that benefit people with lower incomes as well as the environment, for instance by streamlining value added tax and by introducing a mining tax. ViNO also aims to strengthen the position of employees on the labour market by adopting a European-wide basic income, and to ensure gender equality with a so called 6+6+6 system for the distribution of parental leave. Moreover, ViNO calls for a reform of the European Stability and Growth Pact in order to allow more stimulating economical policies in the EU.

ViNO also elected a new leadership. Iiris Suomela was elected Co-Spokesperson for the next two years. Iiris is 22 years old and studies sociology in Tampere. She will head the organisation together with Co-Spokesperson Jaakko Mustakallio, who has one year left of his current mandate. Other Board Members in 2017 are Juho Heikkilä, Teemu Huikuri, Emilia Lakka, Minna Manninen, Olli-Pekka Paasivirta, Salla Niemi, Sonja Raitamäki, Emil Sillanpää, Silja Uusikangas and Katri Ylinen.

FYEG congratulates ViNO for a successful GA and in particular everyone who candidated to take the organisation forward in these very turbulent times in Europe. We look forward to working closely with the new leadership in mutually strengthening ways, as we already have for many years.

Katri Ylinen, who interned in FYEG in the first half of 2016, is congratulated by FYEG Co-Spokesperson Teo Comet upon her election to ViNO's Board (photo: Iris Flinkkilä)

Top picture: ViNO's Spokespersons next year, Iiris Suomela and Jaakko Mustakallio (photo: Salla Niemi)