New housing minister Peter Eriksson is a welcome choice for the big construction companies. High on the industry’s list are increased flexibility, investment in infrastructure and more obligations for municipalities.
Construction company NCC’s CEO Peter Wågström says, “Having a politician who has experience from municipal level, the Riksdag and the EU is a positive thing. That’s how you know how to make things happen.” Skanska’s Deputy CEO Anders Danielsson also highlights Peter Eriksson’s experience in negotiating and as a municipal politician. “Many decisions affect the local level so that is important,” he says.
Similarly industry and unions are pleased Sweden now has an EU and trade minister, Ann Linde. Maria Rankka, CEO of Stockholm’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased that trade issues will be given a boost.