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Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, was pictured arriving at the District Court of Helsinki on 19 April, 2018.
Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, was pictured arriving at the District Court of Helsinki on 19 April, 2018.

 

Antti Hartikainen, the director general of Finnish Customs, has been issued a fine for violation of official duty by the District Court of Helsinki.

Hartikainen was on Friday ruled to have violated his official duties by failing to disqualify himself from a meeting of the administrative board of Finnish Customs on 3 November, 2015, which dealt indirectly with the continuation of his spouse’s fixed-term employment contract.

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Finnish Customs falls within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Finance, which stated in a press release it will conduct an overall assessment of the issue after studying the ruling of the District Court of Helsinki.

“The ministry will not comment on the issue prior to [completing the assessment],” a ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

The Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman commented on the issue on 25 May, 2016, concluding that the director general had violated section 27 of chapter 4 of the administrative procedure act. The act prescribes that public officials shall not participate in considering a matter or be present during such considerations if, for example, they or a person close to them is a party to the matter.

Hartikainen has been no stranger to controversy after taking the reins of Finnish Customs in May, 2012: the Ministry of Finance has reprimanded him twice for improper conduct over the past couple of years.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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