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Säpo spent millions on 'James Bond' party

Säpo spent millions on 'James Bond' party

Published: 27 Aug 2012 10:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Aug 2012 10:45 GMT+02:00

Swedish security service Säpo has come under fire after revelations that a James Bond themed party in 2011 cost 5.3 million kronor ($802,500), a contract that was never put out to tender.

The party, which took place in June 2011, had a guest list of around 1,000 people and cost over 5 million kronor. The contract for the event was never put out to tender, revealed the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN) on Monday.

Furthermore, Säpo erroneously asked for almost one million kronor back in value added tax (moms), a claim that the Swedish National Audit Office (Riksrevisionen) noticed in February, demanding that the security service repaid 114,500 kronor in compensation.

The head of Säpo since July this year, Anders Thornberg, explained to the paper that the James Bond party was an exception - a relief for staff members after the pressure from 2011’s terror threats, suicide bombing and a company reorganization.

“This was a unique and extraordinary time and we’d been subjected to extreme pressure. We thought that we needed a special gathering for the whole security police team,” he told the paper.

The party was organized by former Säpo head Anders Danielsson, who is now the Director General of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

“I take responsibility for everything, if it’s wrong then it is wrong, and it will be sorted out in due course," he told DN.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask has not yet commented on the revelations , but said that a spokesperson will make a statement later on Monday morning.

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10:01 August 27, 2012 by procrustes
Have the Moderates gone nuts? Or, were they nuts from the beginning? Or, maybe they see the writing on the wall, as it were; i.e., the Swedish people are going to throw their butts out next election and they're sucking the system for all they can get.

I think everyone involved in these outrageous squanderings should have to reimburse the state from their own pockets or face jail for embezzlement.
11:00 August 27, 2012 by skogsbo
if they were so in need of party after a 'busy' year, just doing their job, then perhaps many of them need to consider an alternative 'low stress' career.

Overall they can have a party and I'm all for a bit of team building/stress relieve, but you put round an internal email inviting everyone, telling them how much it will cost them individually, those who want to spend that amount of money playing James will. The rest will get on with their lives and no cost to anyone.

In my previous job, if we had an especially stressful event, ie resulting in someone getting hurt / hospitalised or epic working hours, you would all go on the pop at your own expense, wake up feeling rough, then get on with your job.
13:47 August 27, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Seems like budgeting of public funds in Sweden is allowed to be rather "creative".
14:23 August 27, 2012 by Borilla
Who is throwing the party for the Swedish citizens who were living in fear due to the terrorist threats? Or the Muslims who were living in fear of the neo- Nazis? Or the neo-Nazis who live in fear of the Muslims?
15:03 August 27, 2012 by Scepticion
@#1

This is some kind of cultural thing in Sweden, has nothing to do with the moderate party.

See here the workers union threw a Nobel like party for 4 Million SEK to celebrate their anniversary with their members money: http://www.thelocal.se/35962/20110905/

Basically, there is a culture of getting perks from their jobs, i.e. Christmas parties etc. where people don't have to pay themselves and the cost can be written off from taxpayers (government) or shareholders (companies) money.
09:37 August 28, 2012 by SalamanderClub
Well, well, The Narcissist Parasite is alive and well here in Sweden too.

No surprise, really. It's a pandemic infecting politicians and business leaders, worldwide, no exception.

The Salamander Club
14:04 August 28, 2012 by cogito
How many times have you heard it? "There is no corruption in Sweden."
14:56 August 31, 2012 by tadchem
This kind of selfish short-sightedness is endemic among Progressives and Socialists.

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1942. The Allies didn't party until August 15th, 1945, 32 months later - after the war was over. That's 32 months of all-out warfare all around the world, Atomic Bombings, and 'reorganization' on an International scale.

The government was not billed for the parties.

Thornberg's explanation is a very lame excuse.
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