Finland should not be a problem for the EU:  Finnish president Halonen


Wednesday, 08 June 2011
Finland should no be any problem for the EU, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said, while reassuring the other EU parties about political impasse in Finland relating to the Portuguese bail out plan and other plans for Greece.

She added that Finland will not cause trouble for the European Union at the June summit, when EU states will decide on new loans to Greece.
Halonen began a two-day visit to Brussels yesterday to take part in a meeting of the Panel on Global Sustainability.

On Monday evening, Halonen met with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. During an hour-long meeting, they discussed the goals of the Panel on Global Sustainability, Russia and the general political situation in Europe.’

The EU has closely followed political developments in post-election Finland and many have questioned whether Finland’s position on the EU has changed. According to President Halonen, it has not, or at least not significantly.

“I don’t know whether I would be promising too much in saying that Finland will not cause concerns in June. We have our own decisions and our own positions, but I believe that Finns are quite practical,” she said.

On the other hand, talk in the in formation of a new government have been so tricky that at this point nobody can speak with any degree of certainty about the views of Finland’s next government.

EU member states and especially countries using the euro need to reach a consensus on Greece at the June summit, first among finance ministers and then among state leaders.

Halonen is concerned that Finland will remain internationally invisible until a new government is formed. Various meetings and events could pass Finland by amid the deliberations.
Halonen is meeting European Commission President Jos´┐Ż Manuel Barroso on Wednesday.
By – news source Yle

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