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Tue, 24 Mar, 2015 01:34:31 AM
PMO’s policy analysis unit releases assessment report
FTimes-STT Report, Mar 24
 
Leaders of the components of former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen led six party government. File Photo Lehtikuva.
A government report published on Monday criticized the performances of the immediate past government of former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and the outgoing government led by Prime Minister Alexander Stubb saying implementation of the government strategic plan did not direct or guide the government's work.
 
The report, however, pointed out that the Katainen's and Stubb's governments had been operating under demanding conditions. The 2011 government negotiations lasted for a longer period and the end result gave birth to an exceptionally detailed and long government programme.
 
The Government Policy Analysis Unit of the Prime Minister's Office which is responsible for assessing the government programme said that that the government's political commitment to the priorities was slim during the drafting process. 
 
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb led five party government. File Photo Lehtikuva.
The consolidation of public finance has not been achieved despite the six billion euros adjustment programme. The Gross domestic product has not reached the peak of 2008, and the weak level of competitiveness has been identified as one pressing national problem, states the report.
 
The Government Policy Analysis Unit report was compiled in cooperation with the ministries and was handed to the government in March.
 
The report pointed out that the differences in socio-economic health and quality of life remained high by international comparisons. Some part of the population also seems to have been permanently marginalized.
 
Leaders of the components of former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen led five party government after resignation of Left Alliance. File Photo Lehtikuva.
The government led by Katainen took office in 2011, and the officials' time was spent dealing with minor issues, said the report.
 
The report, however, said that implementation of the programmes by both Katainen and Stubb governments has progressed well and in terms of quantity, the implementation has also progressed well and the majority of the objectives have been achieved.
 
The Katainen government implemented 89 percent of the 161 strategic entries in the government programme. The most deprived areas of implementation were in the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health responsibilities and objective such as the municipal reform and social welfare and health care reform.
 
The six party alliance government consisted of Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland), Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance), Vihreä Liitto (Green League), Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (Swedish People's Party of Finland) and Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats of Finland).
 
Leaders of the Prime Minister Alexander Stubb led four party government after resignation of Green League. File Photo Lehtikuva.
Later one of the components Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) quit the Katainen government while another component Vihreä Liitto (Green League) resigned from the Stubb government.
 
The present Prime Minister Alexander Stubb took over the charge on June 23, 2014 after the then Prime Minister Katainen resigned following end of his tenure as the chair of ruling Kokoomus.
 
According to the report, the government of Alexander Stubb implemented 73 percent of the government programme. The Stubb government also implemented Katainen's government programme.
 
The Katainen government programme took its name from three key areas: poverty, inequality and prevention of exclusion, stabilisation of economy and sustainable economic growth and finally employment and strengthening of competition.
 
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