Sweden slapped with hefty Development Days limousine bill

Sweden has received a bill of almost 3.5 million kronor ($480,000) limousine services transporting delegates during a five-day summit meeting of European development aid ministers hosted this autumn by the Swedish EU presidency, financial daily Dagens Industri (DI) reports.

The five-day European Development Days summit gathered ministers and heads of government at Stockholm International Fairs in Älvsjö, outside of the Swedish capital at the end of October. The officials discussed the fight against poverty and climate change, among other issues.

“This type of service is expected by the host country. But it’s up to others to decide whether it’s worth the money,” Peter von Sydow, head of security and transport for the Swedish EU secretariat, told DI.

He emphasized that safety was improved and that taxis don’t have access to restricted areas. But Swedish Left Party leader Lars Ohly was highly critical and thought the cost unreasonable.

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