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Swedish politicians reject corruption rules

Published: 04 Nov 2010 10:19 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Nov 2010 10:19 GMT+01:00

Sweden's parliamentary parties have no wish to see universal regulations to govern complimentary trips and hospitality, despite recent focus on the issue of corruption.

"I am surprised at their position," said Professor Claes Sandgren, chair of the Swedish Institute Against Bribes (Institute Mot Mutor - IMM), to the TT news agency.

There has been considerable focus over the past week on the issue of what politicians can and can not accept in the form of gifts, following revelations that Moderate Party secretary Sofia Arkelsten had accepted paid trips and Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin had received complimentary tickets to the Stockholm Open tennis tournament.

In response to the attention, experts have called for universal regulations to clarify the issue.

Parliamentary party group leaders met on Wednesday to discuss the issue at an informal meeting, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

A telephone survey of group leaders shows that the parties are not interested in a set of fixed universal regulations.

"I would be in favour of clear regulations if it would solve the problems so that it would be crystal clear when one should travel and when one should not. A set of regulations would never be able to that," said Sven-Erik Österberg of the Social Democrats to TT.

The Moderate Party also expressed scepticism.

"I am not always sure that you can formulate the perfect draft which can foresee every situation. On the other hand we risk that the limits are set so strictly that we shut out contacts and possibilities to learn and understand the world around us," Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

However, Left Party parliamentary group leader Hans Linde is open to the development of a universal policy and Sandgren agreed that while not perfect, clearer universal regulations could provide more clarity.

"Universal guidelines can never be exhaustive and very accurate, but they go some way," he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:05 November 4, 2010 by eZee.se
Of course they would reject these rules, it applies to THEM.

Why not ask drug dealers if they like drug laws?

Pedophiles if the age of consent should be lowered?

etc

etc

etc
12:56 November 4, 2010 by isenhand
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop
17:10 November 4, 2010 by eZee.se
Seriously, what WOULD be news is if these corrupt bunch of self entitled, screw-the-public SOBs would actually accept corruption rules.

This is as much news as 13 year old does not like it when mom tells him its past his bedtime.
18:00 November 4, 2010 by Great Scott
That's it one rule for them, one rule for you.

When a company gives you a thank you gift this Chistmas, don't forget to pay your tax.

Morons, the lot of them.
19:37 November 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
If the same rules applied to everyone, we would see some different rules.
22:39 November 4, 2010 by SWOT
Swedish are facing for another kind of corruption. Everyone is using the company/the employer's money to buy fika, food for meeting. they call it social welfare. If the company is a private company, it is the cost of the owners. If the company or organization is government owned, then it is the cost of tax payers money.
09:26 November 5, 2010 by engagebrain
Politicians won't declare the origins of party funds

and

they won't agree to restrict/codify freebies.

The absence of transparency at the decision making centre of Swedish politics is embarrassing and an affront to democracy - we vote for them but we don't know who is paying them.
10:59 November 5, 2010 by joshr
Funny how companies are able to determine these rules...

It it has a value, then it should be declared on an open website. Pretty simple and very effective. Let the voters decide....
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