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Reinfeldt’s Government Declaration

Published fredag 6 oktober 2006 kl 09.52
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

New centre-right Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pledged on Friday to carry out promises of tax cuts and a trimming of the welfare state, and to aim for a surplus in public finances.

In his government declaration after formally taking office on Thursday, Reinfeldt, who leads a four-party coalition, largely stuck to vows made during campaigning for the September 17 election, which ended 12 years of Social Democrat rule.

”More people who want to and can work will get the chance to support themselves through their own work and by beginning and running companies,” he told parliament. ”The budget surplus goal and spending ceiling will be maintained.”

He said the government would stick to a plan of a tax cut of US$ 5.1 billion in 2007, followed by a further $1 billion reduction in 2008.

New Ministers

Prime Minister Reinfeldt also presented his new cabinet on Friday. New ministers include:

  • Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Industry and Trade - Maud Olofsson
  • Foreign Minister - Carl Bildt
  • Minister for Education - Lars Lejonborg
  • Finance Minister - Anders Borg
  • Minister for Social Affairs - Göran Hägglund
  • Justice Minister - Beatrice Ask
  • Minister of Defence - Mikael Odenberg
  • Minister of Culture - Cecilia Stegö-Chiló
  • Minister for Integration and Equality - Nyamko Saboni
  • Minister for the Enviornment - Andreas Carlgren
  • Minister for Education - Lars Leijonborg
  • Minister for Agriculture - Eskil Erlandsson
  • EU Minister - Cecilia Malmström
  • Migration Minister - Tobias Billström
  • Minister for International Development Cooperation -Gunilla Carlsson
  • Trade Minister - Maria Borelius
  • Minister for Public Health and Social Affairs - Maria Larsson
  • Social Insurance Minister - Cristina Husmark-Pehrsson
  • Minister for Local Government and Financial Markets - Mats Odell
  • Minister for Schools - Jan Björklund
  • Minister for Communications and Regional Policy - Åsa Torstensson

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