The Finnish government would take over direct control of shares in Swedish steelmaker SSAB from the state investment firm Solidium. The wholly state-owned special assignment company Solidium Oy owns 6.3% of the shares and 8.0% of the voting rights of the steel company SSAB AB. At its meeting on 14 September 2021, the Ministerial Committee on Economic Policy supported the transfer of the SSAB shares from Solidium Oy to direct state ownership, as well as the definition of the State’s strategic interest related to SSAB ownership. Ownership will be transferred as return on capital to direct state ownership and ownership steering under the Prime Minister’s Office.One of the key objectives of the Government Programme and the Government Resolution on Ownership Policy is to achieve carbon neutrality in Finland by 2035. Emission reductions in industry play a significant role in achieving this target. From the point of view of state ownership, it is important that the largest company that emits industrial carbon dioxide in Finland converts its operations into low-carbon operations. For this reason, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has now defined a strategic interest for the ownership, and the ownership will be transferred from Solidium to direct state ownership.SSAB is the one of the world’s leading companies to develop the production of carbon-free steel. The transition of the Raahe steel plant to carbon-free production will enable Finland’s largest individual source of carbon dioxide emissions 4 million tonnes per year, to be replaced with a climate-neutral solution and promote the use of carbon-free steel also globally. The strategic interest serves to impact the rapid implementation of the company’s low-carbon strategy and, more broadly, the development of the sector’s competence base in Finland.SSAB produces specialty steel. In 2020, the company’s turnover was EUR 6.5 billion and the number of personnel approximately 14,000. Solidium is the third largest shareholder of the company with a 6.3 per cent stake of the shares and 8.0 per cent of the voting rights. SSAB’s Finnish production plants are located in Raahe and Hämeenlinna. The company’s shares have been listed on the Stockholm and Helsinki stock exchanges.