• Sweden edition
 
Swedish politicians reject corruption rules
Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix; Centerpartiet/Flickr (file)

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)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

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....
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote
The Green Party is one of only two parties devoting their websites to the EU elections. Here campaign manager Emma Rung presents the party's posters. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Most Swedes lack info ahead of EU vote

The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

Eurovision 2014
Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

Sweden Investor group posts sharp profit drop
File photo: Simon Cunningham/Flickr

Sweden Investor group posts sharp profit drop

Swedish investment giant Investor on Wednesday said its first-quarter profits slumped by a quarter, underlining Sweden's vulnerability to international instability. READ () »

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 23
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Advertisement:
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

720
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com