Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, says the coalition formation talks are unlikely to be easy. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)


THE COALITION FORMATION TALKS will not be a walk in the park, according to Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, and Juha Sipilä, the chairperson of the Centre Party.

“It’s unlikely that the coalition formation talks will be easy,” Andersson said in the Parliament House on Wednesday. “[But] we also believe this is the composition that’ll best allow us to promote our key objectives.”

Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, on Wednesday announced in a press conference he will begin talks over forming a new coalition government with the Centre, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party. He refrained from commenting on which issues he expects will be the most difficult in the negotiations between the five parties.

“I don’t know what will be the most difficult issues. There are many difficult issues when we’re talking about the world around us,” he said.

One issue that is all but certain to cause friction between the parties are logging volumes.

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The Green League and Centre Party have rarely seen eye to eye on climate, environmental and forest policy. The former is currently demanding that logging volumes be decreased to a level that is sustainable from the viewpoint of climate and biodiversity, and the latter that wood use be increased moderately and that no measures to limit the sustainable use of forests be introduced.

“I’m sure the environmental side will be one of the most difficult [topics],” Pekka Haavisto, the chairperson of the Greens, conceded on Wednesday, according to Helsingin Sanomat.

The Left Alliance is similarly demanding that logging volumes not be raised.

The Green League and Social Democrats, in turn, have recently tussled about the massive bioproduct mill planned in Kemi, Western Lapland, by Metsä Group.

“It’s perfectly clear that any decisions that would prevent this major investment won’t be made in the upcoming coalition formation negotiations,” Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, declared on 1 May.

Metsä Group has also announced it is planning on building a new sawmill on its premises in Rauma, Western Finland. Its two major projects together would translate to a roughly six million cubic metre increase in wood use, bringing the total demand close to what is considered the upper limit for sustainable use.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi