EU Budget Too Expensive For Sweden

Sweden’s Prime Minister Göran Persson says one of the reasons he rejected the EU budget was that it would have meant an extra annual burden on the country of 800 million kronor - that’s over 100 million US dollars.

In an article in Dagens Nyheter, Persson says it’s unacceptable that Sweden has the highest net burden per capita. He adds that the emphasis of the EU budget must be transferred quickly from agriculture to areas which will boost competitiveness, sustainable growth and employment. He’s calling for increased investment in IT and telecommunications instead.

Persson was one of the five leaders who voted against the 2007-13 budget at a summit in Brussels last month.