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PM Rinne: Activation model to be dismantled

The PM's Social Democratic Party held its party conference in Helsinki on Thursday.

Prime Minister and SDP chair Antti Rinne with Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Sirpa Paatero outside Helsinki's main railway station on Thursday. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Thursday that the government will move quickly to dismantle the so-called activation model, a widely criticised employment measure put into place by the previous government under centrist premier Juha Sipilä.

Rinne last promised to nix the model in early August.

Party chair Rinne and his colleagues met in Helsinki for the Social Democratic Party's summer conference on Thursday. Rinne said that the scheme would be repealed this autumn.

"You can be sure that the activation model will be scrapped," he spoke at the conference. "We've already arranged it within the cabinet. We don't want punishments and sanctions that treat people unfairly, so this measure is gone."

The prime minister also revealed why the nationalist Finns Party and the conservative National Coalition Party (NCP) were not invited into the new government coalition.

"The NCP played themselves out with their obscure right-wing financial politics. And the Finns Party had no desire to bring in real reforms, not to mention that their negative attitude toward developing this welfare state shot their chances at cooperation," he said.