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Wed, 18 May, 2016 12:07:55 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 18
SDP leaders in the parliament on Tuesday. Photo Lehtikuva.
The opposition parties on Tuesday expressed concern over the role envisaged by the govern-ment's move to decrease state’s stake of postal services operator Posti and a number of state owned company. 
Speaking in the parliament the opposition lawmakers raised question about safeguarding basic postal services in sparsely populated areas.
For example, shares of about half of the federal postal service would be moved to the new devel-opment company. 
The main opposition in the parliament Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP) leaders raised questions about what kind of postal service in Finland would be developed and whether it would able to meet the demand of the people.
They urged clarification and detail planning from the government in this regard before offloading shares of the Posti.
The Vihreät liitto(Green League) does not believe that the new development company will magi-cally create new jobs. 
The leaders of the party said that the government did not even hide their desire to sell the nine companies which were fully or partially transferred to the development company. 
In addition to the Posti, these companies include Neste, Arctia and Kemijoki. 
The Greens believe that the companies were transferred away from the democratic decision-making process and from now on, Parliament won't be asked for permission to sell the assets. In the party's view, this will not work.
The Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (Swedish People's Party of Finland) and Vasemmistoliit-to (Left Alliance) also asked the government for more answers about what the money from the sales of state property would be used for, and what amounts were involved. 
In their view, the new ownership policy agendas are not transparent.
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