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Olofsson meets Antonov over Saab

TT/The Local/pvs · 25 May 2011, 16:17

Published: 25 May 2011 16:17 GMT+02:00

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The meeting took place on Tuesday evening at the enterprise ministry in Stockholm, five days after the government received his letter expressing the wish to meet.

"It was a good meeting. Always good to meet people about which so much has been written," Maud Olofsson said.

The meeting however had no impact on the government's decision process regarding European Investment Bank (EIB) loans to the trouble car maker.

"We are waiting on GM and EIB," Olofsson said.

A couple of days prior to Antonov's request for a meeting, the Russian financier's Swedish spokesperson, Lars Carlström, accused the Swedish government of having a "hidden agenda" in favour of Saab being closed down.

This was an issue that Maud Olofsson brought up during the hour-long meeting.

"I maintained that it is better that those in charge make statements and not others. It is important that those who speak know what they are talking about. It is difficult to argue that the government has been passive with regard to the automotive industry," she said.

Olofsson was keen to stress that the meeting was an information exchange and not intended as a means to develop a position for or against Antonov.

"He wanted to talk about his thoughts about Saab and Saab's future and why he is eager to step in and invest money," Olofsson said.

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"He is a businessman. Entrepreneurial. He was pleasant," Olofsson added.

Olofsson is due to meet with representative from Saab's Chinese partner Pang Da on Thursday.

"As they will remain in Stockholm during the afternoon it will be easier to find time for meeting than if it would have required a trip to Trollhättan," said Håkan Lind at the Ministry of Enterprise to news agency TT.

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22:05 May 25, 2011 by spy
As ever Olofsson is a slippery as a fish - she never commits to anything and has a reputation for being unable to organise a p*ss-up in a brewery.

If the Swedish Government wanted to help speed up the process of approving Antonov as a Saab investor they certainly could - she must have forgotten that the Swedish government are represented on the board of the EIB.... An easy mistake to make if you are an ineffectual enterprise minister.
11:53 May 26, 2011 by Great Scott

Right on the money, so why on earth does she still have a job?
12:42 May 26, 2011 by FourSaabs
Save Saab!
13:45 May 26, 2011 by Jasper2
Word has it that due to her outstanding administrative skills and business acumen, that Ms. Awfulson in line to

be the next CEO of SAAB.
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