Christina Lugnet, former director general of Tillväxtverket. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/Scanpix
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Criticism over benefits retained by fired agency director, Lugnet

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Christina Lugnet may have gotten the boot for mis-managing her job at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), but she still gets to keep her title, US$15,000 monthly salary and a free apartment in Stockholm.

Lugnet was fired Monday from her position as director general of the agency after newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed the agency spent lavishly on expensive dinners and and wine-tastings for employees.

That Lugnet gets to keep her salary and benefits even though she has been fired has prompted a firestorm of criticism from the public and politicians, including Anders W. Jonsson of the Centre Party and Ulf Holm with the Green Party. They are calling for a new law governing employee benefits.

Mats Odell, chairman of Parliament's Economic Affairs committee, demands that all of Tillväxtverket's operations be scrutinized.

According to newspaper Dagens Industri, Odell wants an account of the billions of kronor allocated to Tillväxtverket from the European Union.

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