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Finnish PM says EU countries ready to tie EU funding to rule of law criteria - broadcaster YLE

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Finnish PM says EU countries ready to tie EU funding to rule of law criteria - broadcaster YLE
FILE PHOTO - Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne attends a news conference during the annual informal summer meeting of the Nordic prime ministers in Reykjavik, Iceland August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins   -   Copyright  INTS KALNINS(Reuters)

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Sunday that all EU countries looked ready to accept that EU funding should be made conditional on rule of law principles, he said in an interview with Finland’s public broadcaster YLE.

“At the moment it seems all member states are ready to accept it (making EU funding conditional on respecting rule of law principles),” Rinne said after meeting several EU leaders in Brussels on Friday and ahead of a visit to Hungary and the Czech Republic on Monday.

Finland currently has the EU’s rotating presidency.

(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Susan Fenton)