Filing a complaint against the chairperson of a parliamentary committee is an exceptional measure, says Paula Risikko (NCP), the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament.
Krista Kiuru (SDP), the chairperson of the Parliament’s Social Affairs and Health Committee, is accused of dragging her feet on the social, health care and regional government reform in a complaint signed last week by six of her fellow committee members: Hannakaisa Heikkinen (Centre), Niilo Keränen (Centre), Ulla Parviainen (Centre), Pekka Puska (Centre), Martti Talja (Centre) and Vesa-Matti Saarakkala (BR).
“It’s very unusual that writs such as this are submitted to the speakers. Committees typically resolve their issues internally,” Risikko told Uusi Suomi on Monday.
The speakers, she added, will examine the complaint in their first meeting of the autumn term, on 4 September.
She also suggested the news did not come as a major surprise because the speakers have already been scrutinising the ways of working of the Social Affairs and Health Committee. The committee has been embroiled in a series of disagreements as its ruling-party members have accused its chairperson of complicating its deliberations on the massive reform bill.
“The speakers have been on top of this throughout the spring, because such wishes have been made known to the speakers,” said Risikko.
The Social Affairs and Health Committee, for example, has presented weekly updates of its efforts to the Speakers of the Parliament.
Risikko estimated that the committee made good progress on its statement on the reform bill during the first week of July. Tempers, however, boiled over yet again after the aforementioned committee members became frustrated with the chairperson’s attempts to prevent the committee from voting on issues.
“We’ve now been informed that they’ve hit yet another gridlock,” told Risikko.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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Source: Uusi Suomi