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reported as "research grants"

More than a million spent on parties

Published tisdag 14 augusti 2012 kl 08.51
"They don't even know what they paid for"
(6:29 min)

After revealing spending irregularities at several public agencies, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports Tuesday that a public foundation that allocates funds for research and development has spent large sums on parties under questionable procedures.

The newspaper says that over the past three years the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research has paid a party organizer nearly US$ 1.4 million, but Dagens Nyheter says, it is unclear what the money has been used for, and the contract was signed without going through the required procurement process.

Moreover, the foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary with a US$ 600,000 dinner for 500 held in the same location as the Nobel Prize banquet. But those expenses were listed as going for “research grants”.

Following the newspaper’s recent revelations of extensive spending on entertainment at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the head of the authority resigned.

Christmas party written up as seminar

The newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the Christmas party at the Ministry for Enterprise cost almost US$ 100,000, but was written up as a seminar. According to the newspaper the actual seminar involved amounted to only around one-tenth of the total expenses.

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