Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt started off by giving himself and Sweden a good report, saying that Sweden has succeeded in everything that they set out to achieve; a strong EU mandate for the climate change, a follow up of the financial crisis, an EU Baltic Sea strategy, the Stockholm programme as well as the EU’s introduction of the Lisbon agreement.
The president of the EU Commission José Manuel Barroso then congratulated Fredrik Reinfeldt and the rest of the Swedish team for a job well done.
But not everyone is as pleased with the achievements of the Swedish government during the presidency. The Opposition Social Democrat Marita Ulvskog, European MP, said on Swedish Radio on Wednesday morning that she regretted that the Swedish presidency was characterised by politicians choosing not to act for the fear of failing.
“Everything has been very defensive and bleak, and once again it is the larger member states like Germany, France and the United Kingdom who have been at the forefront,” she said on Swedish Radio.
According to Ulvskog, Sweden ought to have been more firm when it comes to employment issues and social welfare as well as a bit more daring in climate negotiations.