Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has given the Centre Party and the Greens until Thursday morning to find common ground in a row that has brought budget negotiations to a standstill, Finland’s largest circulation daily Helsingin Sanomat reports.
The Greens had been eager to continue Wednesday’s climate measure negotiations into the night, however the Centre Party was not as keen, according to Minister of the Environment and Climate Krista Mikkonen (Green), Iltalehti writes.
“Yes, the discussions took place in a good spirit and in a civilised way, but no consensus was found,” Mikkonen, who has been acting as the Greens’ chief negotiator, told the tabloid on Wednesday evening.
The Finnish government’s goal is for the country to be carbon neutral by 2035 and in order to ensure this, annual greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 11 megatonnes. The row over how to implement this, however, is yet to be resolved and ministers are now racing against the clock for a common consensus to be reached.
Some pics from yesterday with more after the limks: