Swedish Gov’t: Embassy in Hanoi will be retained

Sweden’s Government and Social Democratic Party have agreed upon the appropriation to the Government Offices, which involves cancellation of planned closures of foreign representation including the Embassy in Vietnam, the Swedish Embassy Hanoi announced Aug. 2.
The agreement means that the funds for the Government Offices will be restored to the levels proposed in the Budget Bill for 2011, the statement said.

“The agreement also means that the Government will take urgent action to stop the closure of the Embassies in Angola, Argentina, Malaysia and Vietnam.”

Furthermore, the Swedish Government and the Social Democrats have agreed to further strengthen the diplomatic presence in key emerging markets, the Swedish Embassy Hanoi added.

“The Government will consult regularly with the Parliament on the further development of Sweden’s foreign representation,” said the statement.

A press release also dated Aug 2 from the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office writes that the Scandinavian country's Government Offices “will be restored as of 2012 and for the remainder of the electoral period to the levels proposed in the 2011 Budget Bill. This entails an appropriation increase of SEK 300 million, excluding future price and salary increases.”

The Swedish Government intends to draw on appropriation savings equivalent to SEK 500 million for the current year, according to the press release.

By Tuong Thuy

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