'Sweden cares more for beggars than Romania'
The Local/at · 8 Apr 2014, 12:12
Published: 08 Apr 2014 08:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Apr 2014 12:12 GMT+02:00
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"We have a more empathetic view of these people," Ohlsson told Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Tuesday. "I think that other countries, not least Romania, are surprised by how we see things."
The Swedish government had been holding closed-door meetings with their Romanian colleagues for months. The Swedes urged their Romanian counterparts to put EU funds to better use in helping the country's poorest citizens, many of whom belong to minority Roma communities.
The talks have now broken down. Ohlsson said she was outraged, saddened and disappointed by the impasse.
"It drives me mad to see the lack of interest they have in the matter," she said.
DN previously reported that Romania had used just a third of structural funds diverted from Brussels, with only a fraction of the sum used to help Roma communities.