Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (Centre) is to repay more than €50,000 invoiced to two ministries for media training.
Suomen Kuvalehti first reported that Kulmuni had received the training from a company called Tekir Oy, first during the period when she was Minister for Economic Affairs in Antti Rinne’s government from June 2019; and later as Minister of Finance in Sanna Marin’s government from December the same year.
Tekir markets itself as a strategic communications and public affairs firm, offering “bespoke media training” for clients and other services like political analysis and public affairs strategies. Kulmuni apparently needed help to become a more confident public speaker.
Now Lapland MP Kulmuni says she “understands the criticism” of her training sessions – which focused on whether the invoices should more appropriately be paid by her political party – and wants to reimburse the ministry.
“There are no legal or administrative problems with the agreement” Kulmuni notes.
In a statement, the ministry concludes “there are no legal or administrative ambiguities in the agreements. Acquisitions have been made in accordance with the procuerment instructions.”