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prime minister placed conditions on local authorities

Lower corporate taxes and subway expansion

Updated lördag 18 augusti 2012 kl 17.22
Published lördag 18 augusti 2012 kl 14.47
Fredrik Reinfeldt's summer speech

In his annual summer speech, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt called for lowering corporate taxes, and more spending on research and infrastructure.

Speaking in Gustavsberg, east of Stockholm, Reinfeldt spoke in favor of extending the capital’s subway network in that direction, into the growing suburbs of Nacka.

But he made state funding contingent on the local authorities building more public housing to deal with Stockholm’s severe shortage, as well as a contribution from local congestion charges.

The prime minister said these ideas were his party’s priorities for the fall budget, in the upcoming negotiations with the three other parties in the center-right government. He also called for the four party coalition to adopt a common election platform and set up joint working groups ahead of the 2014 elections.

Swedish Radio’s Political Commentator Inger Arenander says Reinfeldt’s proposals are hardly controversial, not only among the other center-right parties, but also within the opposition, which has for some time wanted to fund a subway extension using congestion charges as part of the funding.

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