• Sweden's news in English

Irish 'Yes' paves way for two new Swedish MEPs

TT/The Local · 4 Oct 2009, 09:37

Published: 04 Oct 2009 09:37 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Amelia Andersdotter and Jens Nilsson are set to fill the two extra MEP places provided by the Lisbon treaty.

"I have not managed to think much about it - I am currently a full-time student in Lund. But in parliament I will be working with trade policy questions," Amelia Andersdotter, who is set to take her seat as a member for the Pirate Party, told the TT news agency.

She contends that the EU's tolls policy prevents small and medium-sized companies from importing goods from "low-cost countries" such as India and China.

"The EU line in international negotiations needs to be reformed."

The second place is earmarked for Jens Nilsson, currently a Social Democratic county councillor in Östersund. He is happy that a Social Democrat from the north of Sweden will get the mandate.

"The Social Democrats performed very well in the election here in the north and we though that we would claim a sixth mandate. It now feels that the situation has been corrected," he said to TT.

Story continues below…

In the parliament Nilsson is keen to take a place on the committee which deals with regional policy.

"The work to develop a region has to be met with European policies that support it. I have worked with regional development questions for more than ten years, and think that I can have a significant influence in Brussels," Jens Nilsson said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

14:14 October 4, 2009 by eZee.se
The EU Parliament always had pirates... but now its going to have representatives of the pirate party.


Shiver me timbers you dirty music industry scum hiding being perpetual copyright!
14:21 October 4, 2009 by Nemesis
Then pirate party and someone from North Sweden in the Eu parliament will be a good thing.

The pirate party member being so young is a good thing. She will send a message to young people to get involved in politics. That can only be good for democracy.
16:28 October 4, 2009 by eZee.se
True, and the fact that she is a young female rather than a male also sends a strong message that its not just a couple of geek guys in the movement but effects both sexes equally.... the music industry has pillaged and milked society with no regard to sexes, and the new anti privacy laws hit everyone equally a well.

In fact, the new anti privacy laws has forced the techies to further encryption technologies much more, as well as make ISPs revolt to protect their customers by deleting logs in a short period so now its even harder for police to go after the real criminals like pedophiles... not that the music industry is bothered, all they want to do is try to protect their outdated business models for as long as they can - after all chasing ghost profits is much more important than getting pedos off the streets.
20:43 October 4, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Does anyone else sense the irony that representatives from a party called "pirate" is going to take up a seat in the parliament of the new federal Europe?

The new federal europe is all about stripping powers from sovereign states, like pirates stripping assets from other ships - I used to be in favour of the idea of a european state - but the modern europe is all about nanny states obsessed with ridiculous health and safety laws and even more ridiculous political correctness.

Watch as the whole of Europe starts marching to the tune of "ein zwei!"......can't wait.......
20:56 October 4, 2009 by potato man
@eZee.se "...dirty music industry scum...". You're an idiot.
21:43 October 4, 2009 by Beavis
watch the movie anvil potatoe you muppet.. zee has it spot on.
22:44 October 4, 2009 by hilt_m
potato man " ...You're an idiot..." Nope, pretty sure it's you that is the idiot.
Today's headlines
Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available