“We want to limit Finland’s responsibilities. The new government has taken a tougher stance than the previous government regarding crisis countries’ aid packages,” Jutta Urpilainen said in a television interview with public broadcaster YLE.
She said the guarantees could be in the form of shares in a company managing the debt-laden state’s property.
Urpilainen said Finland’s demands had not drawn wide support in other euro area countries, but she said Finns had voted for a tougher stance on aid to crisis countries in the April general elections. The Finnish parliament retains the right to approve funds for aid packages.