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PM vows no more cuts – Government to outline needed new growth measures

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä promised on Sunday that his coalition government will no longer be making broad cuts to public funding. Sipilä has broken spending promises in the past, and now says that the "impossible must be made possible".

 Juha Sipilä puhuu keskustan risteilyllä.
Cutting it?: On a Cente Party cruise, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä promised not to implement any more funding deducations. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä attended his Centre Party's municipal election cruise on Sunday and spoke of an end to cuts in his speech on the waves.

"After these 4 billion-euro cuts we won't be needing any more, but we still need other measures to increase and innovate economic growth," Sipilä said.

It is these other measures that government will sit down to discuss on Monday and Tuesday.

"We decided to clear our schedules and get all our probes started that we want begun before the mid-term policy talks," Sipilä went on.

The government is being spurred to intense talks by the Economic Policy Council, a report from which shows that Sipilä's coalition will not reach its own economic stabilisation targets under current measures.

The Prime Minister said that reaching 72 percent employment is no longer his main concern, but that developing employment in a better direction is.

"We have to do everything in our power and find new ways to accelerate employment," Sipilä said. "Whether that figure is 72 percent or not is less important than finding the right direction and making fast-paced developments."

Sipilä has announced no concrete ways by which this brisk rise in jobs would come about. Incentive traps and business taxation are on the government's list of things to discuss.

Prime Minister Sipilä's no-cuts promise is overshadowed by his U-turn decisions during his term. Notably, Sipilä and other ministers vowed in 2015 not to detract from education funding – a vow that was broken the next year as sweeping cuts and policy changes hit schools across the country.

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