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PM Katainen: EU budget 'good for Finland'

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that Finland’s contributions to the European Union multi-annual budget remained reasonable compared to payments by other countries.

EU:n presidentti Herman Van Rompuy, Suomen pääministeri Jyrki Katainen, Liettuan presidentti Dalia Grybauskaite ja Tanskan pääministeri Helle Thorning-Schmidt keskustelevat EU:n budjettineuvotteluiden aikana.
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen congratulates European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels. Image: Bertrand Langlois / AFP / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that Finland had met its negotiating goals during European Union budget negotiations in Brussels Friday. The premier said that Finland successfully ensured that its contributions to Brussels will remain at the same level as those of Denmark, Austria and France.

Finland also aimed for additional support measures such as research funding to boost growth and competitiveness.

“We succeeded in both of our goals,” Katainen said following the historic budget session.

The premier said that the outcome of the budget talks were especially good for Finland and for Europe. The 2014 – 2020 budget framework marked the first time that the multi-annual budget had been cut.

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