Concerns about cuts in agricultural subsidies aroused in Parliament on Thursday, as EU leaders were embarking on negotiations on the budget for the coming years in Brussels.
Janne Sankelo of the National Coalition Party asked the government during question time how they intend to hold on to farmers' future faith. According to public information, Finnish agricultural subsidies could decrease by EUR 310 million over a seven-year budget period. At least Lännen Media has said this.
According to Finance Minister Katri Kulmun (Center), one of Finland's main goals is to secure "second pillar" agricultural subsidies, which are of particular importance to Finland, especially for the development of agriculture. Kulmuni reminded me of the government program's recording that the loss of EU funding will be compensated, if necessary, from Finland's own budget.
- If the negotiations fail, we have in the government program (that) nationally compensate for any losses that might occur. But we wish the Prime Minister every success in the negotiations, Kulmuni said.
Ritva Elomaa, a Finn of Finland, wanted to know if the government was following the situation "stupidly straight".
- Fate issues are now being negotiated in Brussels for Finland. Elomaa said about the future of Finnish agriculture and the countryside in general.
Finland played a key role during last autumn's presidency when it prepared the first version for the member states' budget position. The proposal proposed a smaller cut in agricultural subsidies than the Commission had proposed. Now there is a compromise proposal by Charles Michel, who is chairing the summits, which again goes beyond the Finnish proposal.