Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the Social Democrats, commented on the coalition formation talks in the lobby of the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday, 15 May. (Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)


ANTTI RINNE, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Party, has assured that the party has “its very own ambitions” in regards to tax policy.

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) on Tuesday presented its tax policy proposals to the five parties involved in the coalition formation negotiations, raising questions about its influence on the next government programme.

“I’ve yet to familiarise myself with SAK's proposal,” Rinne stated in the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday. “We’re negotiating over a common tax policy programme in this building, looking for a common approach to taxation for the government.”

The Social Democratic Party, he added, is seeking to expand the tax base in a way that supports businesses and economic growth.

Ilta-Sanomat's Olli Waris reminded Rinne that SAK has a representative in the task force focusing on economic issues at the House of the Estates. The Left Alliance is represented in the task force by Jussi Saramo, a first-term Member of the Parliament from Uusimaa, and Patrizio Lainà, an economist at SAK.

“SAK, as far as I understand, doesn’t have a single negotiator in this building,” insisted Rinne.

The Social Democrats has named Antti Lindtman, the chairperson of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, and Saana Siekkinen, the chairperson of the supervisory board at SAK, as its representatives in a task force focusing on developing working life in Finland. The Left Alliance, in turn, is represented in the task force by Anu Tuija-Lehto, a legal advisor at SAK.

Elina Lepomäki (NCP), a third-term Member of the Parliament, criticised the tax policy proposals of SAK on Wednesday, expressing her bafflement at why the central organisation has drafted a tax programme despite not running in the elections.

“Well, it looks like it was,” she added on Facebook.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi