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Peter Eriksson calls for legislation on secret party funding

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 03, 2010 16:32 CEST

Fredrik Reinfeldt and Göran Hägglund, leaders of the Conservative Party and the Christian Democrats respectively, refuse to account for their secret contributors. They keep defending a system that is corrupting. Therefore, legislation is needed. A voluntary agreement, which the major government party refuses to participate in, is not enough says Swedish Green Party spokesperson Peter Eriksson.

In almost all other countries, it is self-evident that all parties have to account for who their contributors are. It is a precondition to prevent corruption and conflict of interest. Strong economic interests should not be allowed to influence politics by giving money to those in power. Sweden is a unique exception. In Europe, only San Marino, Malta and Switzerland, apart from Sweden, lack such legislation.

In Sweden, there is a voluntary agreement between the parties to account for contributors that give more than 20 000 SEK/year. But so far, the Conservative Party and the Christian Democrats have refused to participate.

Peter Eriksson says:
- Nuclear power companies, banks and Gazprom are just a few examples of companies that have been favoured by decisions taken by the current conservative government. Has any of those, or their owners, given money to the conservative party?

- Who is paying Reinfeldt? The voters need an answer to that question. You cannot represent the public interest as long as the special interests are kept secret.

Robert Damberg, Press Secretary, 0768-619626, robert.damberg @