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PM Sipilä sets up expert group to check growing inequality

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says he wants to put a stop to increasing inequality in Finland - and has set up a working group to help reverse the trend. Speaking in Tornio, northern Finland, Sipilä said that he had tipped Professor Juho Saari of Tampere University to lead the team.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. Image: Yle

Speaking at a Centre Party delegates’ conference in Tornio, northern Finland, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said that inequality in Finland is a serious concern and that new solutions and a longer term vision are needed to curb the trend.

The Centre Party leader called on party members to inform the leadership of communities that are in dire need and to provide guidance on where resources should be directed.

"I appreciate your voice most when you speak up about people in need, in your ordinary everyday voices," Sipilä added.

Sipilä revealed that he had set up a working group to find solutions to the problem. He indicated that Tampere University professor Juho Saari would lead the effort. Saari is a researcher who has focused on welfare sociology, poverty and social and health policy.

PM: World at turning point, need to maintain ties with Russia

The Centre Party chair outlined the current geo-political landscape in his address to delegates. He said that the world is at a historical stage of transformation, but said that there is no need to lose hope.

According to Sipilä, communication is one way to guarantee stability; even when there are worrying developments in Russia. The premier said that bilateral relations between Finland and Russia have been acknowledged by the European Union. 

The PM said that he intends to step up dialogue with Russia in the weeks ahead. He has invited Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev to meet in Finland before Christmas.