Finland to boost Baltic cooperation spending

Draft 2002 budget includes more funding aimed at cutting Russian transboundary pollution

Finland is to increase its spending on regional environmental problems, especially those stemming from Russia, the government announced yesterday. The proposal forms part of the draft 2002 national budget, now forwarded to parliament.

In a report appended to the budget, the environment ministry proposed a a 37% increase in regional environmental cooperation spending to euros 13.1m (FM78m). The main pollution threats facing Finland are now historic contamination and transboundary pollution, a senior official told ENDS Europe DAILY. For example, only 29% of nitrogen deposition comes from domestic sources and only 17% of sulphur.

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