Legal Alerts / 18 Sep 2013

Legal Alert – Amendments to the Finnish Act on Slot Machine Funding Assistance and to the Finnish Associations Act

The Act on Slot Machine Funding Assistance was reformed

The Act on Slot Machine Funding Assistance has been reformed.  The purpose of the law reform was to ease the application proceedings for funding applications and the decision-making process for funding. In addition, the amendments were made in order to improve the system for controlling the use of funding. After the reform, the decision-making power on the issue regarding the distribution of funding was transferred to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the power to decide on minor and technical amendments to the funding terms and conditions was transferred to Finland’s Slot Machine Association. Furthermore, the purpose of the law reform was to shorten the time of use of the funding from 30 years to 20 years with regard to funding for building, renovation, and acquisition of apartments. In addition, as a main rule, a report on the use of funding shall be requested from auditors, with the exception of minor funding. The new provisions will apply to slot machine funding assistance granted as from 2014. However, the provisions regarding the time of use of the funding, adjustment of refunding, and any amendment to terms and conditions of the funding and any assignment related thereto under the reformed law shall be applied also to funding which is granted prior to 1 January 2014.

Amendments to the Finnish Associations Act
The provisions regarding the termination of associations and the issuance of a temporary prohibition of activities were reformed by the new act which entered into force in June. The amendments are related to the Finnish police administration’s administrative organisation reform and as a result of the amendments the police administration received the right to bring an action on the termination of associations. The Ministry of the Interior’s right to bring an action on the issue in question was removed in the reform in question. Respectively, the Ministry of the Interior’s competence to issue a temporary prohibition of activities before the commencement of the legal proceedings, the purpose of which is the termination of the association, was transferred to the police administration. The new provisions will apply as from 2014.

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