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Wed, 15 Jun, 2016 12:08:05 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jun 15
 
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The three-party alliance government on Tuesday agreed that the workload of ministers should be monitored but the number of ministers will not be increased at the moment.
 
The newly elected chairman of the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party), Petteri Orpo spoke this weekend about his concern about the ability of ministers both to cope with their workload and to implement the government programme.
 
In the government’s first year in power, it has become clear that some ministerial portfolios, particularly the justice and labour portfolio and the environment, contain a huge amount of work.
 
The ruling parties have considered splitting apart some combined ministerial portfolios, granting each party one new ministerial position.
 
The combined ministerial position of the Kokoomus is occupied by Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
 
The idea to cut down the size of the cabinet to 14 ministers came from Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. The move has been seen as a part of the government cuts, as cuts are being made everywhere.
 
Sipilä praised the small government’s “collegiate way of working.”
 
Orpo told reporters at parliament that he was pleased that the debate took place between the governmental parties.
 
“I have told the prime minister that I am worried about some ministers being overwhelmed, which can have an impact on the implementation of the government programme. Of course, the prime minister leads the work, so I’m looking forward to what happens.”
 
Names for the Kokoomus ministerial positions will be published next Tuesday.
 
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