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Tue, 26 Feb, 2013 11:46:49 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 26


The minister for Transport, Merja Kyllönen on Monday said that the Finnish company Argenta,s participated in the bid to bid for outsourcing the Trafi telecommunication service to Spain accordingly and won the bidding fulfilling the formalities in proper ways.

The minister did not see any violation of the rules and regulation in the tender procedure.

 Earlier a debate raised in the parliament accusing the minister of not making the outsourcing issue public.

 The minsiter acknowledged before that she had no idea about the so called outsourcing to Spain.

Argenta, a Finnish origin company which had been operated the telephonic help desk from Sodankyla but now would operate the service from Spain.

Earlier, The opposition lawmakers strongly criticized the Transport Minister, Merja Kyllönen for the Terming the move as a part of losing tax and job opportunity, the Perussuomalaiset (True Finn) lawmakers Juha Väätainen and Ismo Soukola demanded explanation from minister in this regard and urged the government to be refrained from any such suicidal decision for the country.

The parliamentary group Chairperson of the Perussuomalinen, Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner said that its very much worrying that the minister has not been awaken on the issue. She argued that if a government agency starts the move for outsourcing services to Spain, how a state can expect foreign investment inside the country. 

She said that the move for state agency to buy services from abroad feared a wider phenomenon behind it.

The group chairperson said that it was just one case had become  public and there might be many similar cases which did not come to public yet.

The opposition leader also expressed  wonder that how the government program was being replaced by the privatization, she pointed out that the outsourcing process means that government would lose tax.

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