Increase in passengers at Skavsta

The number of passengers at Skavsta airport outside Nyköping increased by 37 per cent last year compared to 2003. A total of 1,347,724 passengers travelled via the airport in 2004, which makes it the best year yet in terms of passenger numbers.

Forecasts for new EU countries

Gunnar Tersman, an economist at Handelsbanken, talks to DI about his financial predictions for the new EU countries over the coming year. According to a survey carried out by the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet), Estonia has easily the best business conditions due to less complicated regulations and increasing purchasing power. However, Hungary may suffer setbacks because of major structural problems and imbalance in financial policy.

Astra withdraws application

Pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca has withdrawn its application from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for the drug Iressa, a treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Christmas shopping down

Up to 21 December clothes sales in Sweden had dropped by 2 per cent and shoes by 5 per cent compared to the same period last year. The sectors concerned have subsequently lowered their sales forecasts.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri


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OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Sweden's government on Tuesday announced plans to bring back ID checks on Sweden's borders. Niels Paarup-Petersen, a Malmö MP, has launched a campaign to stop them.

OPINION: ID-checks between Sweden and Denmark should not be brought back

Bringing in ID-checks is illegal, ineffective, and devastating for the labour market in the Öresund region. That the government, despite all this, is pushing ahead with them anyway is almost impossible to understand. 

Once again, the government’s first response to a crisis is to bring back the ID-checks that tear our region in two.

Once again, they’re doing this without giving either the regional government or those operating the transport services a chance to give their input.

Once again, the idea is that Skåne and the Öresund Region should pay the price for solving Sweden’s challenges.

Once again, commuters will have to wait for half an hour at Kastrup. Once again the transport system in Skåne will be wrecked. 

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It’s bloody awful, to be frank.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is illegal to put the responsibility on transport operators across a Schengen border. The Office of the Chancellor of Justice has come to the same conclusions.

Ukrainians have the right to enter the country, which means that they will not be stopped by the ID controls. If you want to have a better understanding of who is crossing the border, there are still ‘temporary’ border controls in place after six years.

Making the transport operator responsible for ID controls work when applied to ferries and flights, where there is only one place where you can get on or off. When you have continuous traffic, such as with trains or cars, it has a devastating effect on the traffic and on all of the people using them.  

ID checks are completely illegal, unnecessary, and irrational.

Region Skåne, the municipalities in Skåne, and all of my colleagues from Skåne in the national parliament must now all put their feet down. 

ID checks on the Öresund Bridge should not be brought back! 

Niels Paarup-Petersen is an MP representing Malmö for the Centre Party. He was born and grew up in Denmark and has worked for the Öresund Bridge Consortium.