Transport and communications policy
The Ministry aims
- at the development of new services through better legislation;
- to maintain welfare and create sustainable growth and national competitive edge through innovative services;
- to enable utilisation of information in the development of new services and business operations;
- to ensure that transport and communications networks provide a solid framework for the development and renewal of society.
Key duties of the Ministry
The Ministry prepares the political and strategic guidelines and legislation within its branch. Matters are prepared openly and in collaboration with the stakeholders.
Transport and communications policy aims to ensure, by means of legislation, smoothly running everyday life as well as mobility of information, goods and people. The Ministry's mission is to maintain the competitiveness of businesses and to mitigate climate change by measures within its administrative branch.
Well-functioning transport and communications services are among the key elements on which Finnish society is founded. More and more often the raw material for services is information and the transport and communications networks function as the platform.
Advanced legislation lays the groundwork for market-based service production and new business ideas.
Transport and communications policy in the Government Programme
The Programme of Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s Government builds a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable Finland. Of the six strategic themes in the Programme the responsibilities of the Ministry of Transport and Communications are particularly evident in the following: Dy-namic and thriving Finland and Carbon neutral Finland that protects biodiversity.
The aims of the transport network development are low-emission transport and efficient transport infrastructure and communications and information exchange.
In terms of the transport infrastructure network, it is time to adopt a more systematic approach to long-term planning and development. Accessibility must be ensured in all parts of the country.
The targets for reducing emissions from transport must be in line with Finland's carbon neutrality targets. Transport emissions account for one fifth of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Fin-land is committed to reducing transport emissions by 50 per cent by 2030. This is a step towards carbon-free transport.
The accessibility of high-speed communications connections is a challenge. Networks are a plat-form for social services and they must be able to meet service needs in the whole country.
The Ministry provides guidance to its agencies
One of the core tasks of the Ministry of Transport and Communications is to guide the sectoral agencies. The agencies under the Ministry’s administrative branch include the Transport and Communications Agency, the Transport Infrastructure Agency and the Meteorological Institute. The Ministry provides guidance for them and makes sure that their performance targets and operations are in line with the Government Programme.
The Ministry is also responsible for ownership steering of Traffic Management Finland Oy and Cinia Oy. The companies have societal duties.
Traffic Management Finland is a fully state-owned company with a special assignment. The group provides traffic control and management services for all forms of transport.
Cinia Oy provides intelligent network, cloud and software services. Its customers include national and international companies and bodies responsible for functions fundamental to society.
The Finnish Broadcasting Company also falls within the Ministry’s administrative branch. It is steered by an Administrative Council appointed by Parliament.