The Committee for the Future is an established, standing committee in the Parliament of Finland. The Committee consists of 17 Members of the Finnish Parliament. The Committee serves as a Think Tank for futures, science and technology policy in Finland. The counterpart cabinet member is the Prime Minister. The Committee was established in 1993.
Committee’s mission is to generate dialogue with the government on major future problems and opportunities. Once during its term of office, the Government issues a report on long-term future prospects and the Government’s targets which is submitted from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Parliament. The main task of the Committee for the Future is then to prepare the Parliament’s response (sc. Futures Submission) to the Government’s Report on the Future. By this way Finnish Government and Parliament can recognize important political themes at such an early stage that different alternatives and policy lines are still completely open and under development.
Committees other tasks are statements (draft submissions) to other committees in relation to other Government reports or budget and foresight projects and reports to examining different kind of societal issues and technological development. The most important efforts are devoted to these Committee’s own issues, its own projects. The power of decide its own agenda is one of the pillars of the strength of the Committee. 17 parliamentarians themselves stake out policy lines for the future. The time perspective is long and the scale of issues broad.
TUVJ 5/2016 For the Next Generations
TUVJ 2/2016 Technological change 2013-2016
TUVJ 11/2014 100 Opportunities for Finland and the World
TUVJ 10/2014 An Enabling State – Experimenting Finland
TUVJ 9/2014 Russia as a Neighbour
TUVJ 7/2014 Chinese–Finnish Green Growth Cooperation
TUVJ 1/2014 Crowdsourced off-road traffic law experiment in Finland - Report about idea crowdsourcing and evaluation
TUVJ 5/2013 Black Swans – What Will Change the World Next?
TUVJ 1/2012 Crowdsourcing for Democracy: A New Era in Policy-Making