Negotiations over Yle’s funding deadlocked – “PS won’t agree to anything”

The task force’s work has reached a deadlock considering Yle’s finances and work. The dispute concerns the cutting of Yle’s funding. Negotiating sources say the fundamental fins have settled on a crossroads.

Parliament’s Parliamentary Working Group has been investigating Yle’s funding, but has reached an impasse. Algal Leasma

Time is running out without help in a deadlocked parliamentary task force considering Yleisradio’s funding and work.

Negotiating sources interviewed by Iltalehti say that the Basic Finns have positioned themselves completely in the crosshairs in the negotiations and refused to accept their demands for cuts.

– I felt from the beginning that they (basic Finns) would not agree on anything. They are of the opinion that they will not make counter offers when they have received offers that they can get this much. A negotiating source interviewed by Iltalehti explains that their offer is similar to what they have announced publicly.

The Task Force’s task is to assess the need for changes to YLE’s funding and YLE legislation, to address YLE’s work and to assess YLE’s relationship with the commercial media. All parliamentary parties are represented in the Executive Committee.

A quarter of the funds are gone

Perumalicet has publicly stated that they are demanding a 25 percent cut in Yle’s funding. This would mean adjusting the costs of the media house, which operates on a budget of around 600 million euros, by up to 150 million euros.

On Wednesday, a Member of Parliament from Basic Finns sat on Yle’s supervisory board Jana Strandman It suggested that the party should be cut €140 million for Yle’s operations. However, Strandman did not sit on the Parliamentary Working Group.

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Basic Finns’ negotiation technique confuses other parties. If the working group does not reach any decision, the obligations of Yleisradio and the financing at the same time the current law will remain in force.

– If they are really interested in Yle being cut, they will try to find a compromise. Now, what’s happening here is that nothing is cut from Yle or the others will come up with a compromise without them (basic Finns) in which one of the negotiators estimates that the cuts will be small.

– That is this parliamentary agreement. Another source estimates that if an agreement cannot be reached, the status quo will remain.

Three ways

According to Iltalehti, a reasonable agreement has been reached in the negotiations regarding aspects of Yle’s obligations, but the intervention in financing has proven complicated from the start.

Background discussions conducted by Iltalehti show that there are three options for the situation. The first and often the head of the working group Matias Marttinen (kok) can negotiate with Finns on a bilateral basis behind a common line.

This requires the base fins to be flexible in their cutting demands.

One of Iltalehti’s negotiating sources says that now the issue is being resolved specifically between the basic Finns and the alliance.

Ignoring basic fins

The other two options are more difficult and unlikely. Second, the fundamental fins withdrew from the agreement. In that case, the Executive will no longer be a Parliament.

Basic Finns may believe that other parties do not want to give up on the principle of parliamentarianism. If the party withdraws from the contract, it also means that the changes negotiated by the basic fins, for example to the text sections related to Yle’s works, will be abandoned.

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Fund cuts will be small.

– One of the negotiating sources points out that it is difficult to get rid of basic fins from the government’s cooperation point of view.

“Government can step in”

Another option is for the government to make its own policy on Yle’s funding and operations and ignore the opposition. In this case too, parliamentarianism will fly into the dustbin.

Some negotiating sources consider the threshold for such a practice too high, especially from the perspective of the coalition leading the task force.

– After the wars, we were able to make parliamentary decisions on affairs. A source says it will completely reverse that tradition.

– It’s hard to believe that the coalition and RKP will go and hijack it, but surely the government can push it. Another says it will be truly historic.

Additionally, in the European Union, the situation is affected by the fact that the European Media Freedom Act came into force in the spring. This creates pressure for Yleisradio’s funding to be decided on a parliamentary basis.

– Part of that is that member states must provide Yleisradio with funding and a perspective independent of government. This Finnish organization has already implemented it.

Although the tenure of the executive committee is about to end, the executive committee meeting has not been held for more than a week. As per the original schedule, the task force was supposed to complete its work during the monsoon session of Parliament. The report should be completed two weeks in advance.

Even if the Yle Executive Committee reaches an agreement, the outcome of the negotiations must still be submitted to parliamentary committees for approval.

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