Vattenfall's German Agreement Known in 2008
On Monday a former chairman of the board of power giant Vattenfall, Dag Klackenberg, confirmed that the Board had been given information regarding the agreement giving the company unlimited economic responsibilities, should a nuclear accident in Germany occur, as early as in 2008.
“Yes, that is correct. I was given this information, the board was given this information, and we have also marked it down as a footnote in the annual report, published a month or so after the meeting,” he told Swedish Radio News.
Klackenberg also said that the government had a representative on the board. In interview with Swedish Radio News, Klackenberg didn’t remember if that representative had been present at that particular meeting, although he pointed out that they would have had access to the minutes and all the documentation around the meeting. According to the annual report, Jonas Iversen, an official from the Ministry of Enterprise and Energy and the government’s representative on the board, had been present.
The Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson, has previously said that she was not informed of this clause until spring 2009, but according to the former chairman, the government should have had access to this information a whole year before that.
“But understanding and having access to the information is not necessarily the same thing”, he said to Swedish Radio news.
Iversen told Swedish Radio News that all questions should be referred to Klackenberg, the chairman at the time, and that it would have been he who had the ultimate responsibility to inform the government.