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Chancellor of Justice: PM Marin, government did not break law over EU stimulus package

The chancellor's office received several complaints regarding the 750 billion euros deal.

Complaints were made to the Chancellor of Justice about the actions of Prime Minister Sanna Marin and the government between 17 June 2020 and 11 May 2021. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva
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Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti has ruled that Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) and other ministers did not act illegally during the negotiations of the EU's Covid stimulus package.

The chancellor's office received several complaints regarding the 750 billion euros package, especially with regard to PM Marin and Minister for European Affairs and Corporate Governance Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP) over their role in Finland's discussing and acceptance of the terms.

The complaints included claims that Marin and Tuppurainen had no jurisdiction to agree to the deal.

The Chancellor of Justice found however the key factor was whether Parliament had been given an opportunity to express its position on the recovery package proposal and to influence the shaping of Finland's position.

Chancellor: Constitution was respected

In his decision, the chancellor pointed out that the matter was discussed in parliamentary committees in accordance with the constitution that was carried out on the basis of reports and statements submitted by the government.

He therefore ruled that the complaints do not warrant any further action.

Preparations for the stimulus package began over a year ago when the EU Commission proposed a joint recovery for the union from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The government then submitted a letter to Parliament on the matter before EU leaders agreed on the terms of the package as well as an EU budgetary framework for 2021-2027.

In May, the government secured the required two-thirds majority in parliament to approve the package, in a contentious vote that had been preceded by a days-long filibuster by the eurosceptic Finns Party.

The complaints to the chancellor's office had also criticised Parliament's Grand Committee, which expresses Parliament's stance on legislative, budget and treaty issues being decided by the EU, but the chancellor ruled that it is not within his office's remit to examine how Parliament exercises legislative power.

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