Prominent Social Democrat named head of Svenska Spel
TT/David Landes · 4 Apr 2008, 10:49
Published: 04 Apr 2008 10:49 GMT+02:00
- Svenska Spel barred from expanding net poker (08 Nov 07)
- State makes 1.4 billion from gambling (23 Oct 07)
- Social Democrat betting company criticizes monopoly (04 Sep 07)
“With the change in leadership we want to clarify the direction of Svenska Spel’s work. With Margareta Winberg as chair, we can strengthen (the organization's) concentration on social responsibility and public health,” said Minister of Finance Anders Borg in a statement.
The government said it wants to counteract gaming's damaging effects. In December, a government gaming commission will present suggestions on how to make the gaming industry more socially responsible.
Winberg has a long career in Social Democratic politics, having served most recently as Sweden’s ambassador to Brazil from 2003 to 2007. She also held several positions in the government of Göran Persson, including Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister for Equality.
Winberg was first elected to the Riksdag in 1981.