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Lööf summons agency heads after lavish parties

The Local · 1 Aug 2012, 11:00

Published: 01 Aug 2012 11:00 GMT+02:00

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"We will make it patently clear to them that they have to tighten up their internal entertainment and have a discussion with them over the exact steps they intend to take," said Marita Ljung at the department of enterprise.

The meeting has been called as a result of revelations that the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth had spent some 25,000 kronor ($3,680) per employee since January 2010 on luxury dinners, ski trips and spa visits.

"We hope to be able to gather them in the beginning of the week," Ljung said.

According to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily last week, the agency's annual staff day alone, hosted by the prestigious Grand Hotel in Stockholm in May, ran up a bill in excess of one million kronor.

The report included details of stays at castles and mansion, fine dining, wine and chocolate tasting, spa visits and excursions to islands and ski resorts.

In addition, a further nine million kronor was spent on internal training and other conferences.

Criticism has also been directed towards Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, for breaching its own guidelines for internal entertainment.

The other agencies set to take part in the meeting are the Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket), the Patent and Registration Office (Patent- och registreringsverket), the Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket), Patent Attorneys Board (Patentombudsnämnden), the Geological Survey (Sveriges geologiska undersökning) and Growth Analysis (Tillväxtanalys).

"We need to have a discussion. The agencies set their own limits for internal entertainment. It is thus reasonable to have a collective discussion... on what is reasonable, common sense and exemplary," said Marita Ljung.

"And it is of course important that tax regulations are followed," she added.

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11:44 August 1, 2012 by inthenovel
So that's where our tax money goes!
12:54 August 1, 2012 by skogsbo
given the locals history of accurate reporting, I suspect the real break down of figures to be different. Besides I'm sure the culprits are trembling with fear, it like the head school girl trying to tell of the head master. They'll just laugh at her, behind her back and ask her to come back when she has actually had a real job herself.
13:40 August 1, 2012 by robban70226
Wait and see, there will be a little hush hush bullshit talk to calm the beast and g back to th same shortly,,, since nobody is pesponsible for the tax-pyers fraud and mis use they will continue, they know that when they run out of money they only have to raise the taxes ad play harder.. what a shame. Remember your politicians election time, Stop being sheeps !! Voters have the ultimate power!!
14:26 August 1, 2012 by Scepticion
How much of the stuff they do is really useful? Seems they have too much time on their hands.
15:45 August 1, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
So Swedish politicians are exactly the same as American politicians then. What a surprise!
23:58 August 1, 2012 by muscle
I hope migerations verket doesnt do anything like this... if they did,.. i would be damn angry....the agencies are already slow in processing different tasks... and THEN they are spending money on such activities. Why they can not hire additional staff and increase productivity!
13:51 August 2, 2012 by nolikegohome
is anyone talking about returning the money they have stolen? (this is pure theft according to me) should they not be kicked out of their jobs or just resign. Shame on the lame attitude of the Swedish govt.
14:20 August 2, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Hopefully some heads will roll..but hey..we all know what happens to naughty civil servants in Sweden:-

retirement with full benefits or,


I work in the private sector and these jollies dissapeared for us 10 years ago....at "firmafester" we have to buy our own booze, and the choice of restaurant is never the Grand Hotel.....even the top managers travel economy class now.
09:44 August 3, 2012 by entry
"The meeting has been called as a result of revelations that the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth had spent some 25,000 kronor ($3,680) per employee since January 2010 on luxury dinners, ski trips and spa visits."

There is no hope of derailing the government gravy train.
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