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Finns Party’s Hakkarainen violates campaign funding rules

The newly-elected MEP failed to provide a declaration of electoral funding before Monday's deadline.

Teuvo Hakkarainen EU-parlamentissa Strasbourgissa.
Teuvo Hakkarainen of the Finns Party at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 4 July. Image: Patrick Seeger / EPA

Finns Party MEP Teuvo Hakkarainen violated Finland's Election Funding Act when he failed to make a statutory declaration of his election funding for European Parliament elections held in May this year.

The deadline for making the financial declaration expired on Monday 29 July.

Hakkarainen is the only election candidate who failed to provide an electoral funding declaration. Ida Schauman of the Swedish People's Party, also violated the Electoral Financing Act by submitting her disclosure after the deadline had passed. All other MEPs elected to the European Parliament submitted their statements within the designated time frame.

Hakkarainen told Yle that he had forgotten to make the declaration due to his busy schedule.

"I missed it [the deadline] because there has been so much going on. There is not much to declare," the MEP said.

Ida Schauman said her announcement was late due to technical reasons.

"I sent the notice in time, but for some reason it didn't arrive. Then I had to do it again," she explained.

There is no penalty for failing to comply with the Election Funding Act, but if the declaration is still not submitted despite reminders from authorities, the National Audit Office may issue a fine.

Politicians' electoral funding declarations can be found on the National Audit Office's website.

Teuvo Hakkarainen informed Yle that he made the election declaration when contacted on Tuesday afternoon.

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