Director of International Affairs Institute reprimanded for use of alcohol
Board urges Raimo Väyrynen to improve working atmosphere at institute
Raimo Väyrynen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs will be allowed to stay at his post in spite of complaints lodged against him by staff.
The board of the institute nevertheless gave him a reprimand for "incautious use of alcohol".
Väyrynen's management style came up at a meeting of the institute's board following complaints of improper behaviour made by his staff. According to the complaints, Väyrynen had appeared intoxicated at work, during working hours.
The board took a very serious view of this question, but the undeniable evidence of the abuse of alcohol was so small that the board could not take any sterner measures than a reprimand", said Antti Tanskanen, chairman of the board.
He also said that there was no discussion of actually removing the director.
The board called on Väyrynen to submit a report on measures that are to be taken to fix the internal problems at the institute. The report will be discussed at the next meeting of the board in May. The board also expects the entire personnel at the institute to commit to "open and confidential cooperation".
The biggest sore spot in the working atmosphere at the institute, according to Antti Tanskanen, is linked with personal relations.
"There are some people on the staff who look askance at Väyrynen as a manager. The normal contact does not work", Tanskanen says.
Väyrynen himself has also told the board that he feels that there are serious shortcomings in the internal working methods and the working atmosphere at the institute. He sharply denies having any alcohol problem.
Väyrynen was named to head the institute just over a year ago. His term is until late 2011.
He did not want to comment on the matter before the meeting of the board, and Helsingin Sanomat could not reach him in the afternoon.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Fired up on alcohol (6.4.2008)