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Sat, 29 Jun, 2013 03:39:05 AM
FTimes-STT Report, June 29

The six-party coalition government has shown poor performance in terms of its legislative functions compared to the previous administration’s efforts for enactments, law reviews and debates on issues of public importance.

The performance analysis came on the basis of a review of records on parliamentary proceedings in the first two years of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous Matti Vanhanen government.

The activities in placing bills and enacting laws were significantly higher during the first two-year of former premier Matti Vanhanen government, who assumed power as prime minister for second term in 2007, said the proceedings record of the House.

The present ruling alliance brought a total of 432 proposals to enact laws in the House in its first two years. It moved 76 bills in the outgoing spring session.

The Vanhanen government had brought a total of 518 legal proposals until mid 2009 and a total of 101 bills in were moved in the spring session while a 550 bills were tabled in the House during the first two years of Vanhanen’s tenure, said sources.

The secretary of the state Olli-Pekka Heinonen, however, said that a number of proposals of the present government were cancelled resulting the lower number of legislative performance until the spring session in 2013.

The secretary also claimed that a number of bills would be placed in the upcoming parliamentary sessions.

Earlier, the government at the beginning of this year planned for placing 118 proposals in the spring session. But it could only place 76 until Friday when the parliament prorogued.

The deputy secretary general of the government administration in parliament, Jarmo Vuorinen said that the government had planned 688 proposals on European Union matters and foreign security publicities. Only 142 of them were placed before the House so far.

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