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Thu, 23 Jun, 2016 12:06:27 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 23
 
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The parliament on Wednesday finally approved the amendments in the Alien Act with the view to tighten the criteria for family reunification for the immigrants.
 
The amendment includes, among other things, a change that makes family reunification more difficult, and was passed by 102 voted in favour of the bill against 67 while 30 lawmakers were absent.
 
Earlier, on June 17 the parliament approved the first phase of the bill by 92 votes to 66 and 41 lawmakers remained absent.
 
Parliament on Wednesday also approved the government's proposal for this year's second supplementary budget. The largest increase was for immigration costs, 230 million euros, and the capitalisation of the firm running the Talvivaara mine, Terrafame, with 144 million euros.
 
Another controversial legislative amendment for cabotage was passed in accordance with EU regulations. Cabotage refers to internal transport vehicles which have been registered in another country.
 
At present, foreign trucks are allowed to drive ten internal transports in Finland in three months. Under the new law, trucks will be allowed to transport thrice a week.
 
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