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Danish politician: Sweden should pay for ID checks

Published måndag 28 december 2015 kl 19.20
"If Swedish politicians want ID checks they should pay for it"
(2:30 min)
The Öresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden seen from above. Photo: TT
The Öresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden seen from above. Photo: TT

The transport spokesperson for the biggest political party in Denmark, Rasmus Prehn, tells Swedish Radio that Sweden should pay for the upcoming ID checks between Denmark and Sweden.

The Danish rail operator DSB announced Monday that the ID checks that will come into effect on January 4th will cost approximately SEK 1.2 million a day to carry out, an expense that they will split with the Swedish public transportation company Skånetrafiken. But Danish Social Democrat Rasmus Prehn argues that DSB should not have to pay anything, as the ID checks are part of a decision made by Swedish politicians.

"The Swedish government has to be responsible for its decisions. If Swedish politicians want ID checks on everyone passing into Sweden, then they should be the ones paying for it," Rasmus Prehn, told Danish Radio on Monday.

The head of informations at DSB, Tony Bispeskov, told Radio Sweden on Monday that the added expenses for the ID checks could eventually mean more expensive train tickets for passengers crossing the Öresund bridge by train. Reacting to this, Eva Bertz, the local head of the Liberal Party in Malmö, told Swedish Radio News that she wants the state to cover the costs instead of the various public transportation companies.

"These ID checks will have a huge impact on the 16,000 people who commute across the bridge on a daily basis. It's not fair to ask them to pay more money. This is something that the state has to cover," Bertz said.

Meanwhile, the ferry operator HH Ferries, which will also be required to carry out ID checks starting next week, has reported Sweden to the European Commission for skewing the competition between different operators.

"We have filed a complaint because the Swedish government does not treat all operators the same way," Henrik Rørbæk, CEO at HH Ferries, tells news agency TT.

Rørbæk says that it is not fair that they have to pay almost SEK 125,000 per day for the ID checks, when the Swedish state pays for checking motorists crossing the Öresund bridge.

Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson writes in a comment to news agency TT that the government is 'aware that the ID checks will cause some problems', but that it is confident that the operators will be able to handle the situation.

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