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Ambasador rejects allegations of mismanagement

Swedish Ambassador to UK gets dressing down

Published lördag 28 april 2012 kl 14.47
Sweden's embassy in London. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/Scanpix

Foreign ministry inspectors have harshly criticized the running of Sweden’s embassy in London and recommend that the ambassador attend management training.  

Much of the criticism in their 20 page report is leveled directly at the Swedish ambassador to the UK, Nicola Clase, a former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

“A very clever diplomat but a bad manager,” was how the report described Clase, adding that “we encourage ambassador Clase to spend more time on running and leading the embassy”.

The embassy was recently hit by a spate of resignations and new recruits were reportedly given no information about their responsibilities. The inspectors also pointed out several major security shortcomings.

In response to the criticism the ambassador wrote that most of the problems originated from before she was appointed and that the report was biased against her.

According to information obtained by Swedish Radio a further inspection of the embassy will take place later in the year.

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