BLUE REFORM

We are the (movement for) tax revolt of the middle classes. A broad tax base and reasonable tax rates help to spread welfare as evenly as possible. The middle class finance in practice the welfare state. The development of the labour market require reforms also in the tax system. Small business owners and self-employed deserve real chances of success. Tax loopholes must be closed in order to prevent that our shared wealth drifts to tax havens. Our only interest group is the Finnish nation. We are working for the country – its people, know-how, and culture.

Security is a fundamental right. A conscription army together with the defence of the whole country constitute the foundation of our security. Common threats must be confronted before they become larger. One of the strengths of Finland is the high trust on civil service. Let’s keep up this trust.

To combat social exclusion is security policy at its mots effective. We want to make sure that social security is up to date and that it takes into account especially the most vulnerable groups in the society. Bullying and exclusion must be tackled at work, school, and everywhere where it occurs. Bullying can be dealt with even with means of legislation.

We are a part of the international community and respect that cooperation. We want to have functioning relations with Europe, the North as well as our neighbouring countries. In our view, EU must be a union for independent states and not a federation. The borders cannot be shut but they can be secured and controlled.

We look to the future. We are a modern, reform oriented political movement.

The Leader of the Parliamentary Group is Simon Elo and the Vice Chairmen Tiina Elovaara and Ari Jalonen.

Leadership of the Blue Reform

Chairman: Sampo Terho

Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport

Parliamentary Group

Group Leader: Simon Elo

First Vice Chairman of the Group: Tiina Elovaara

Ministers:

Timo Soini

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Jussi Niinistö

Minister of Defence

Jari Lindström

Minister of Employment

Pirkko Mattila

Minister of Social Affairs and Health

Committee Chairmanships

Ari Jalonen: Transport and Communications Committee, Chairman

Kaj Turunen: Commerce Committee, Chairman

Committee Vice Chairmanships

Simon Elo: The Grand Committee, First Deputy Chairman

Kari Kulmala: Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Vice Chairman

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