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Katainen will not seek new term as party leader ? successor to become new prime minister in summer

Katainen will not seek new term as party leader ? successor to become new prime minister in summer

Julkaistu: 05.04.2014 Uncategorized

Party leader and Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is not seeking another term as chairman of the National Coalition Party (NCP). Mr Katainen?s fifth two-year term ends on the 14th of June when the NCP Party Congress elects a new Chair­person. The new party leader will be NCP?s candidate to assuke Prime Minister’s duties soon after the June party congress.

PM Katainen made the announcement tonight at the launch of NCP?s European election campaign.

The Katainen Government will resign but in practice the same five-party coalition is expected to continue under the new Prime Minister. The coalition government currently holds a 112/200 seat majority in Parliament. The change of Prime Ministers will not automa­tically affect ministers repre­senting the other coalition parties, Social Democrats, The Greens, Swedish People?s Party and the Christian Democrats.

?I have been Party Leader for ten years now. I have served Finland for 15 years as Member of Parliament, four years as Finance Minister and three years as Prime Minister. With just one year to go before next parlia­mentary elections, I strongly felt this was the right time to hand party leadership to someone new?, PM Katainen said.

“During the past three years my government has imple­mented a series of far-reaching reforms to set Finland on the right course. A reform to strengthen Finnish munici­pa­lities is in imple­men­tation. A histo­rical overhaul of Finnish social and healthcare services, with support from all Parties repre­sented in the Parliament, will be presented to the Parliament this spring. Ongoing negotia­tions for a pension reform will be closed next fall”, PM Katainen said.

“During the past three years we have agreed on fiscal conso­li­dation worth more than 3,5% per GDP. Finland is an AAA-rated country with a steady outlook. At the same time we have made signi­ficant invest­ments to strengthen economic growth and create new jobs: We have increased invest­ments in education and research, cut the corporate tax rate by 6 percentage points, increased labour market partici­pation and created a series of incen­tives for SME’s. I feel I can leave Finland to my successor in a better shape than it was three years ago when I assumed office”, PM Katainen said.

PM Katainen says he is interested in European or other inter­na­tional positions, should the oppor­tunity rise. In the meantime he will focus on serving Finland as a Member of Parliament.

?I am passionate about European and inter­na­tional coope­ration. I would be very motivated to serve Finland and Europe in any capacity that Finnish and other govern­ments deem appropriate?, PM Katainen said.


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