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Thu, 22 Aug, 2013 03:47:45 AM
PM wants to continue support
FTimes-STT Report, August 22
The Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen at the party's parliamentary group meeting on Wednesday. Photo - Lehtikuva
The Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen on Wednesday said that the government should discuss about allocating third package of loan to Greece, although some other political parties’ leaders expressed their unwillingness to grant any more loan for the economically vulnerable country.
Katainen, also chief of the National Coalition Party, the main component of the alliance government, speaking at party’s parliamentary group meeting in Lappeenranta said that the support to Greece should not be cut in future.
“The government is yet to discuss about the third loan package to Greece. We should discuss about further support to the country,” said the prime minister.
He said that Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäube has already talked about the need of the third loan support package and the European Union Economic Council Commissioner Olli Rehn said about possible extension of loan support to Greece.
Meanwhile, the left party president Paavo Arhinmäki, also the minister of Cultural Affairs and Sports said that the government should forgive the first package of financial support given to Greece instead of allocating the new third package.
“If the first package is forgiven, there is no necessity for granting a new loan package,” said Arhinmäki, adding that the first package given to Greece was not successful.
The Green Party parliamentary group chairman Oras Tynkkynen, however, said that no more support package should be considered for Greece unless the corruption and tax avoidance are not checked in the country.
“We should help the Greek people in different ways but the Finnish people have no more patience to help for the crisis of other countries,” said the Green Party lawmaker.
The True Finns president Timo Soini said that Finland should not give any support package to Greece, if it goes against the European Union contract.
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