Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, is confident that the opposition party has found measures to beat forecasts for economic and employment growth in Finland. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

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ANTTI RINNE, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, has voiced his confidence that the opposition party has identified measures to achieve faster-than-expected economic and employment growth in Finland.

“I believe the economic situation will improve when you introduce the measures proposed by the Social Democrats,” he stated in an interview on YLE Puhe on Friday.

He referred specifically to the growth forecast unveiled on Thursday by the Ministry of Finance. The forecast indicates that economic growth will slow down to 1.7 per cent in 2019, to 1.4 per cent in 2020 and to 1.2 per cent in 2021 as a consequence of challenges faced by world trade and political uncertainties in Europe.

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Rinne said the Social Democratic Party has build its campaign platform on a future outlook not dissimilar to that presented by the Ministry of Finance.

“Not making investments in the future would be an absolutely irresponsible approach. We’re able to introduce measures that allow us to have an impact on how the economy will grow,” he asserted to YLE.

Tapio Pajunen, the host of the radio show, also asked Rinne if he is prepared to disregard the ministry’s forecast in the event that he finds himself leading the coalition formation negotiations after the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, 14 April.

“The Ministry of Finance’s forecast must be taken into account by everyone,” replied Rinne.

“But what I’m not ready to do is allow the forecast to discourage us from making the investments that are necessary for our future.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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