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Sipilä: Twelve ministries will remain

Prospective Prime Minister Juha Sipilä spilled the latest beans on what looks set to be the next government’s negotiations on Monday afternoon. The future government would retain the current number of ministries, but the number of individual ministers is still subject to negotiation.

Juha Sipilä
Leader of the negotiations, Juha Sipilä. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

At the helm of the negotiations is the Centre Party’s chairperson, Juha Sipilä, who announced the latest outcome on Monday afternoon.

According to Sipilä, the number of ministers is yet to be finalised, but the new government grouping would keep the number of ministries at 12.

"Texts are still being written and reviewed,” says Sipilä. “It’s in the final stages, but the big issues have been decided.”

Sipilä added that the prospective government’s programme would be made public on Wednesday at 2pm.

Matters in motion

Tuesday has been locked into the calendar as the day for refining and translating the texts agreed on by the grouping that consists of the Centre Party, the National Coalition and the Finns Party. The troika’s party bodies and parliamentary groups have yet to approve the government programme, but the allocation of portfolios and ministerial appointments should be publicised by the end of the week.

Sipilä also revealed that much of the past weekend had been spent discussing the use of an EU funded 1.6 billion euro investment package aimed at economic repair and strategic investments.

“We will certainly think of ways to take advantage of this growth in EU money in different ways,” he said.

Sipilä added that the ideas are there, but that they will need refinement after the government negotiations are complete.

Not-so-smooth sailing on the horizon?

Meanwhile, news agencies report that the EU will imminently table designs for the transfer to other EU countries of 40,000 refugees from Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece.

Such a move could entail Finland taking some 700 extra refugees, a move that could spark dissonance amongst the current three power broker parties. The Euroskeptic Finns Party, in particular, has traditionally taken a more hard line stance on immigration and refugee issues than its NCP and Centre Party colleagues.

However, Finns Party chair Soini has attempted to stop supposition in its tracks.

“At this stage it’s quite pointless to make a fuss about the matter,” he told press on Monday.

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