• Sweden edition
 
Reinfeldt cedes to EU budget demands

Reinfeldt cedes to EU budget demands

Published: 22 Nov 2012 18:04 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2012 18:04 GMT+01:00

Sweden’s prime minister has accepted a hike in the Swedish EU contribution, but intends to fight Swedes having to pay more than other well-to-do members.

“I don’t feel we’ve got a proper explanation to why this latest proposal means our position worsens compared to other net contributors,” Reinfeldt told Swedish news agency TT as he arrived in Brussels on Thursday for EU budget talks.

He accepted that Sweden's fee would go up as the country's finances are more robust than many of its European neighbours.

Sweden has long been a ‘net contributor’ to the union, giving more cash than it gets back from the European budget.

At the same time, Sweden is one of five countries that have a discount on its EU fee.

This year, Sweden will dish out more than 32 billion kronor ($4.79 billion). Without the discount, however, the fee would be 10 percent higher.

The current debate about the long-term EU budget has proven contentious on many national fronts.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will defend the UK discount and wants “a good deal” for his taxpayers.

Austria, The Netherlands and Germany also have discounts.

Denmark does not have one but Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is threatening to veto any final deal if her country is not offered a one-billion Danish kroner discount.

TT/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

20:33 November 22, 2012 by Rogerenden
In that case: Let's hope Cameron remains strong
21:51 November 22, 2012 by skogsbo
weak, very poor effort, the comedy of the EU rolls ever onwards.
22:43 November 22, 2012 by Taxalien
Reinfeldt just like the rest of his government:

All words and little action.

Anyone that support them, or any other party in the political nobility should be ashamed.

Any free man should refuse to support the system, by choosing any other alternative possible.

A vote on the political nobility is a vote lost, whereas a vote for any non established party is not a loss, not just a voice but hope that one day this country will be free again, ruled by and for the people.
09:16 November 23, 2012 by the fonz
What a sad weak performance. I am very disappointed in Reinfeldt giving in to the bullies and wasters in the EU. Shame on you.

Let's see if Cameron is man enough to stand by his word.

The more these cowards give in to the unelected theives the more they will keep taking.
11:00 November 23, 2012 by RobinHood
"I don't feel we've got a proper explanation to why this latest proposal means our position worsens compared to other net contributors,"

The "proper explanation" is that Sweden's interests within the EU have never been defended. During a long history of EU negotiations, Sweden has traditionally rolled over and given its EU partners everything they ask for. Other EU countries see Sweden as a patsy, always ready to cough up even more money, and to even receive less.

Poor Mr Reinfeltd is continuing this tradition of Swedish "generosity". Prepare for a speech from Mr Reinfeldt about the huge concessions he has wrung from the EU. Then then do the math yourself and see if they really are concessions, or yet another increase in net contribution from the patsy.
14:10 November 23, 2012 by ontheball
Reinfeldt is a weak placeman for the EU. Sweden will role on towards being a completely subordinated state as per the plan for federal domination.

The acquiescent Swedes and paid-for immigrants will continue to accept and vote for the force-fed garbage about an ever closer union for peace and prosperity while living standards will continue to decline - as is the case for all western countries that pursue the same dogmatic socialist ideology.
16:18 November 23, 2012 by intrepidfox
You rub my back and i´ll rub yours. Typical politician wanting friendship with the big wigs and couldn´t care less about the voters
Today's headlines
Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
A Swedish Easter witch holding daffodils. File photo: TT

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter

In India, I'd notice Easter only from the traffic jam outside the churches, but here witches, egg hunts, and feathers mark the Christian holiday. The Local's Deepti Vashisht brings you the various shades of Swedish Easter. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid
Fredrik Reinfeldt answers the constitutional affairs committee's questions. Photo: TT

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid

Sweden's prime minister on Thursday said Vattenfall itself, not its owners the Swedish state, had responsibility for the loss-making Nuon deal. READ () »

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer
Photo: TT

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer

A Swedish lawyer says the Swedish military may have broken the law when it raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp. READ () »

Good weather could blight Easter traffic
Easter traffic two years ago on the E4 motorway. File: Jessica Gow/TT

Good weather could blight Easter traffic

Traffic experts have cautioned Swedes heading to the countryside for what should be a sunny Easter, warning that the most serious accidents often take place when the weather is clement. READ () »

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia
Jas Gripen jets in flight. File photo: TT

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia

Swedish defence giant Saab has offered to rent out fighter jets to Malaysia. READ () »

What's On in Sweden

What's On in Sweden

Check out what's happening with The Local's guide to the main attractions and events in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö - in association with DoToday. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
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
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
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 »

754
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