Brussels correspondent Dave Keating, a Brussels correspondent for television channel France 24, teases Prime Minister Sanna Marinia (sd) in her Twitter post. According to Keating, Marin acted morally right but politically wrong in the EU's aid package negotiations.
He thought Marini's negotiating tactics were too kind. Among other things, Keating criticizes Marin for not joining the so-called skewer quartet line with other Nordic countries.
The Nuuka Quartet, namely Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, threatened to use their veto power to get the membership fee refunds they wanted.
Finland estimates that its own EU payments will increase by approximately EUR 100 million per year in the coming budget period. The Nuuka quartet managed to negotiate for itself billions of euros in discounts on membership fees.
- Now Denmark and Sweden will receive a prize, Finland will not, Keating writes.
According to Keating, Marin drove two carts at the meeting, which led to him being criticized from both directions.
- He flirted with the skimpy four at the meeting, but at the same time denied the existence of a new alliance, the “skimpy five”. As a result, Finland received nothing. An angry audience awaits him at home, Keating dominates.
Keating describes the outcome of the negotiations as a perverse incentive created by a unanimous decision of the European Council. Strict negotiation tactics and threats of veto, he said, are in the political interest of every EU leader. Marin didn't do that.
- Selfishly behaving leaders are rewarded. Leaders who think of the European interest will receive political punishment at home, Keating writes.
Keating's tweet has gained a lot of visibility, especially among Finnish users. Keating is pointed out that hard-behaved EU leaders lost confidence, unlike Marin. According to Keating, it’s more about diplomacy than politics.
- The Nuuk quartet can face diplomatic consequences on the line they drive, and Marin can benefit diplomatically by being nice. But in the politics of his country, he can only lose, Keating replies.
Marin praised the support package on Twitter after negotiations were completed. According to him, the whole contains many important things for Finland and the end result can be considered good from Finland's point of view.
IS was facing Sanna Marin from Brussels at the airport, but she was unwilling to comment on the outcome of the talks and left without saying a word.
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Marin later commented on Twitter on Twitter on the criticism of the EU package.
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Finland's goal in the negotiations was to make the 750 billion stimulus package for member states more subsidy-focused. As a result, grants were reduced by more than $ 100 billion compared to the original proposal. In the current package, 390 billion in grants and 360 billion in loans will be distributed to member states.
The support package immediately sparked criticism in Finland as well. Among other things, the package was criticized by Petteri Orpo, chairman of the Coalition Party, Ville Tavio, chairman of the Basic Finns' parliamentary group, Mauri Pekkarinen, a long-distance MP from the center, and Mikael Jungner, former party secretary of the SDP.
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Experts familiar with EU policy also have reservations about the outcome of the negotiations. Aki Kangasharju, CEO of Etla, a business research institute, sees the idea of a recovery fund as somewhat watered down over the weekend.
- It was supposed to be a stimulus fund, but now it looks like the money will be distributed as grants, he says.
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According to university researcher Timo Miettinen, Finland paid at least the price for its goals that Finland's hopes for reforming the EU budget did not come true this time.
- The budget structure is quite conservative. The money will be distributed to the same destinations as before. Finland's hopes for budget reform thus turned out to be quite fragile, Miettinen says.
Story edited at 9.02 am: Corrected countries mentioned in first citation.