During parliamentary question time, the opposition embezzled the government on Thursday with a corona revitalization package presented by the European Commission. The question set was opened by Vilhelm Junnila, a Member of Parliament for Basic Finns, who believes that the EU Commission will distribute EUR 500 billion in gift money.

- Ohhoh, terrible, the hall was shouting at the same time.

On Wednesday, the European Commission unveiled a € 750 billion recovery instrument to channel money to revive EU countries ravaged by the corona epidemic. Of this, EUR 500 billion would be distributed to Member States in the form of grants and EUR 250 billion in loans.

It is important in the proposal that the amount be financed by a joint loan from the Commission on the financial markets.

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According to Junnila, Finland would pay significantly more for the package than it would receive grants back.

- This has to stop. The Finnish economy cannot stand, nor will the people. Finland must refuse this. Does Finland intend to accept the Commission's proposal? Junnila asked.

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (center) replied that the government has not formed a position on the package, which is about 2,000 pages, during the night.

- It is clear that the package will not succeed as it is. It will now be negotiated. Finland's line is that we always demand independent economic policy management from the countries, Kulmuni said.

Vilhelm Junnila, Member of Parliament for Basic Finns.

Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

"Does Finland have the courage to say no to this performance?"

Opposition Party Coalition Chairman Petteri Orpo (Coalition Party) said that Finland and the EU need exceptional support measures to achieve new sustainable economic growth.

- The Coalition Party believes that strict, clear conditions must be negotiated for this use of the recovery fund. Each country is responsible for its own debts, and money must be tied tightly to the reform of member economies so that such support packages are not needed in the future, Orpo said.

He said he should also know who pays and when to pay. He wanted to hear from the government whether to increase membership fees, collect more EU taxes or take out an additional loan that no one will pay.

Orpo also asked with whom Finland cooperates.

Kulmuni replied that Finland cooperates with those Member States that have similar policies to Finland.

Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni spoke at an oral question time in Parliament on Thursday.

Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

Christian Democrat Sari Essayah said the Commission's proposal was, in principle, very large and a step towards federal development.

- Does Finland have the courage to say no to this show? Essayah asked.

In his view, the proposal violates the EU treaties and the Finnish Constitution.

According to European Minister Tytti Tuppurainen (sd), legal scholars must be listened to and the legal basis on which the Commission has proposed the proposal must be carefully reviewed.

- I am not ready to say one last word. The Commission has given it by saying that it is in line with the EU treaties, Tuppurainen said.

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