Moderates promise to sell state firms

The Moderate Party has now made it clear that it plans to try and sell off more state companies if it wins the 2018 election. It has already singled out Telia, SAS and SBAB as objects for sale. Lars Hjälmered, party spokesperson for enterprise, says, “We do not consider the state to have a role to play in these companies.”

He is also critical of how Mikael Damberg, minister for enterprise and innovation, is dealing with the issue: “It is a very worrying situation that is being handled precariously. If you compare Mikael Damberg’s talk during the election campaign with how he has then managed the companies, there is a huge discrepancy.”

In particular he is critical of the extra dividends the state has extracted; SKr 6.5 billion from Akademiska Hus, the academic property company, and SKr 1.7 billion from SJ, the rail operator. “Of course that has an effect on the railways and the potential to build student accommodation. And they did that because of the desperation they have as a result of increasing costs for immigration and sick absences,” he says.

State risk capital change

Writing in DI debate on Saturday, Innovation Minister Mikael Damberg (S), writes that the government is presenting its proposition for a new structure for state risk capital and state company financing. The government suggests launching a national development company, Fondinvest AB, which will be the hub for future state risk capital.

  The government will also take the initiative in establishing a demonstration fund for developing renewable fuels, bio-based materials, networked products or to test new technology. Sweden’s future export successes need to be tested under real conditions before they can be launched on the market.

  The proposition is intended to strengthen the ability for Swedish companies to create, grow and export with a base in Sweden.