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Roads in the center of Gothenburg will be closed during the summit.
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Roads in the center of Gothenburg will be closed during the summit. Credit: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT
Roads closed along central Göteborg will reopen on Saturday.
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Roads closed along central Göteborg will reopen on Saturday. Credit: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

Anger in Gothenburg over EU summit disruption

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An EU summit to be held in Gothenburg - with jobs and economic growth topping the agenda - is facing criticism over disruption it will cause local businesses.

One of the largest police operations in modern times takes place in Sweden's second city this weekend with the arrival of European heads of government and top EU officials.

They will be attending what has been dubbed the "Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth" by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. But the summit, which starts on Friday, has not been welcomed by everyone.

"We are very positive that Gothenburg will be in the spotlight... . We need to be in the spotlight," Johan Trouvé, managing director of Western Sweden Chamber of Commerce, told Radio Sweden.

However, Trouvé voiced concern over the disruption to local businesses caused by the summit.

"Police have told us that they will close down traffic in the city centre...and most of the offices that are running businesses will close down ... and send their employees home," he said.

According to Trouvé, stores in the city centre will lose approximately 50 per cent of their turnover during the summit, with potential losses for local businesses put at between SEK 50 to 100 million.

The summit will be co-hosted by Löfven and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

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