Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Green League, says he wants to clarify the image of the opposition party as many perceive it as an advocate of left-wing economic policy.
“I’ve wondered about the term the green left wing (Fin. vihervasemmisto). The Greens has been an advocate of market economics ever since its inception,” he stated in an interview with Kauppalehti on Sunday.
“The market economy makes it possible to take into account the boundary conditions set by the environment and develop it in a socially responsible direction.”
Haavisto also cautioned households against over-consumption and dangerous indebtedness, viewing that households should not necessarily make long-term commitments to housing loans or real property due to the various changes going on in working life.
“Saving money would be a good buffer for households,” he said.
The Green League proposes in its own economic policy programme, for example, that the property tax be raised in order to manage income differences and that the transfer tax on real estate and property transactions be abolished.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi