Antti Rinne (left), the chairperson of the Social Democrats, will sit down with some of his fellow party leaders to form the next government on 25 April 2019. Also pictured, from left to right, are Jussi Halla-aho of the Finns Party, Juha Sipilä of the Centre, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens and Petteri Orpo of the National Coalition. (Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

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JUHO ROMAKKANIEMI, the chief executive of Finland Chamber of Commerce, has added a sense of urgency to the looming coalition formation negotiations.

“A government must be formed without delay. Businesses are worrying about the future, and that is gnawing away at investments that are absolutely crucial for employment. Uncertainty about the upcoming operating environment is toxic for business operations,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday.

Romakkaniemi also voiced his confidence that the coalition formation talks can be carried out efficiently and quickly under the leadership of Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party.

The next government, he emphasised, should commit to fostering the key competitiveness factors of Finland: the cost burden of businesses must not increase, the supply of skilled labour must be secured with bold reforms, work on difficult reforms to boost employment must continue, and transport infrastructure must be improved by overhauling transport funding.

“That’s a to-do list for Antti Rinne,” he noted.

The efforts to form the next government will formally begin after the opening ceremony of the new parliamentary session on 25 April 2019, according to a press release issued on Monday by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi