Cabinet of fredrik reinfeldt

The cabinet of Fredrik Reinfeldt is the current cabinet of Sweden. It is a coalition cabinet consisting of the four parties in the centre-right Alliance for Sweden: the Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberal People's Party and the Christian Democrats. The cabinet was installed on 6 October 2006, following the 2006 general election which ousted the Social Democrats after twelve years in power. It retained power after the 2010 general election but now as a minority government, and is the longest-serving consecutive non-social democratic government since Erik Gustaf Boström in 1900. It is led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of the Moderate Party.

Ministers

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt6 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson6 October 20065 October 2010Centre Party
 Jan Björklund5 October 2010IncumbentLiberal People's Party
Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström6 October 200622 January 2010Liberal People's Party
 Birgitta Ohlsson2 February 2010IncumbentLiberal People's Party
Ministry of Justice
Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask6 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström6 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt6 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Minister for Trade Maria Borelius6 October 200614 October 2006Moderate Party
 Sten Tolgfors24 October 20066 September 2007Moderate Party
 Ewa Björling12 September 2007IncumbentModerate Party
Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson6 October 200617 September 2013Moderate Party
 Hillevi Engström17 September 2013IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Defence Mikael Odenberg6 October 20065 September 2007Moderate Party
 Sten Tolgfors5 September 200729 March 2012Moderate Party
 Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd29 March 201218 April 2012Moderate Party
 Karin Enström18 April 2012IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Minister for Health and Social Affairs Göran Hägglund6 October 2006IncumbentChristian Democrats
Minister for Elderly and Children Welfare Maria Larsson6 October 2006IncumbentChristian Democrats
Minister for Public Administration and Housing Stefan Attefall5 October 2010IncumbentChristian Democrats
Minister for Social Security Cristina Husmark Pehrsson6 October 20065 October 2010Moderate Party
 Ulf Kristersson5 October 2010IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Finance
Minister for Finance Anders Borg6 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Minister for Financial Markets Mats Odell6 October 20065 October 2010Christian Democrats
 Peter Norman5 October 2010IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Education and Research
Minister for Education Lars Leijonborg6 October 200612 September 2007Liberal People's Party
 Jan Björklund12 September 2007IncumbentLiberal People's Party
Minister for Schools Jan Björklund6 October 200612 September 2007Liberal People's Party
Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg12 September 200717 June 2009Liberal People's Party
 Tobias Krantz17 June 20095 October 2010Liberal People's Party
Minister for Gender Equality Nyamko Sabuni5 October 201021 January 2013Liberal People's Party
 Maria Arnholm21 January 2013IncumbentLiberal People's Party
Ministry of Agriculture
Minister for Agriculture Eskil Erlandsson6 October 2006IncumbentCentre Party
Ministry of the Environment
Minister for the Environment Andreas Carlgren6 October 200629 september 2011Centre Party
 Lena Ek29 september 2011IncumbentCentre Party
Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications
Minister for Enterprise Maud Olofsson6 October 200629 september 2011Centre Party
 Annie Lööf29 september 2011IncumbentCentre Party
Minister of IT and Energy Anna-Karin Hatt5 October 2010IncumbentCentre Party
Minister for Infrastructure Åsa Torstensson6 October 20065 October 2010Centre Party
 Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd5 October 2010IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality
Minister for Integration and Gender Equality Nyamko Sabuni6 October 20065 October 2010Liberal People's Party
Ministry of Culture
Minister for Culture Cecilia Stegö Chilò6 October 200616 October 2006Moderate Party
 Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth24 October 2006IncumbentModerate Party
Ministry of Employment
Minister for Employment Sven Otto Littorin6 October 20067 July 2010Moderate Party
 Tobias Billström7 July 20105 October 2010Moderate Party
 Hillevi Engström5 October 201017 September 2013Moderate Party
 Elisabeth Svantesson17 September 2013IncumbentModerate Party
Minister of Integration Erik Ullenhag5 October 2010IncumbentLiberal People's Party

Party breakdown

Party breakdown of cabinet ministers:

13
4
4
3

New ministries

Policy of the cabinet

The new government was presented on October 6, 2006. The following reforms have been proposed:

  • Communication and transportation:
    • The tax on automotive fuels will be raised because of inflation adjustment, by 9 öre per litre for gasoline and 6 öre per litre for diesel (excluding VAT).[1]
  • Culture:
  • Education:
    • The reform of the secondary education (gymnasium) which was to take effect from January 1, 2007 will be scrapped and instead the new government will start planning for a deeper reform to take place some time before 2010.[4]
  • Government agencies:
    • The following government agencies will be closed down: Swedish Integration Board (Swedish: Integrationsverket), National Institute for Working Life (Swedish: Arbetslivsinstitutet), Swedish Animal Welfare Agency (Swedish: Djurskyddsmyndigheten) and the County Labour Boards (Swedish: länsarbetsnämnderna).[5]
    • All agencies are being scrutinized for reformation.
    • Heads of agencies to be made into merit based appointments.
  • Foreign aid:
    • The monetary foreign aid's goal and what countries receiving aid is being reconsidered.

Implemented reforms and legalizations

  • Working Tax Cuts
  • Municipal allowance
  • Deduction for household services, so-called RUT deduction
  • Abolished compulsory military service
  • High Schools reforms and new grading system for the entire school system
  • FRA law
  • Ipred law
  • Defence Decision 2009
  • Abolished pharmaceutical monopoly
  • Deregulated railroad traffic[6]
  • Radio frequencies for mobile broadband in 800 MHz band[7]
  • Liberalisation of the Alcohol Law
  • Abolition of the Swedish Cinema Office
  • Abolition of compulsory student union[8]
  • Deductibility of gifts to nonprofit organizations
  • Reforms of the health insurance system
  • Decreased restaurant VAT from 25 to 12 percent, to the same level as for any other food.
  • Legalization of same-sex marriage

Controversies and resignations

On October 7, 2006, the day after the new cabinet was announced two of the ministers, the Minister for Foreign Trade Maria Borelius and the Minister for Culture Cecilia Stegö Chilò, admitted that they had previously employed persons to take care of their children without paying the appropriate taxes. On October 11, 2006 it came to light that Cecilia Stegö Chilò and her husband had not paid their TV license for the last 16 years. On October 12, 2006, it emerged that two other ministers in the cabinet had neglected to pay the television license; Maria Borelius and the Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Tobias Billström.[9] Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB, the private agency tasked with collecting the license fee, filed criminal charges against Cecilia Stegö Chilò, Maria Borelius and Tobias Billström.[10]

On October 14, 2006, Maria Borelius resigned as Minister for Foreign Trade. On October 16, 2006, just two days after Maria Borelius resignation, Minister for Culture Cecilia Stegö Chilò resigned as well.[11]

The Minister for Defence, Mikael Odenberg, resigned on September 5, 2007 as he thought the budget cuts his department would face were to high.[12]

On March 29, 2012 Minister for Defence, Sten Tolgfors, resigned due of his way to deal with the Project Simoom

Public perception

In public opinion survey conducted by Aftonbladet/Sifo in late 2006, the Swedish public was asked to rate each of the new ministers on a 5-graded scale. The average result for the 22 ministers was 2.93.[13] This is higher than any of the rates that the Social Democratic Persson cabinet ever received during its years in power, and the highest ratings ever since the surveys started in 1996.[14]

From the Swedish general election, 2006 the opinions for the Reinfeldt cabinet have declined steadily from a level of about 51% down to a level about 40%,[15] which election researchers generally explain as more than what could be expected due to normal inter-election popularity fall. Center-right newspapers in Sweden criticize the cabinet for not being pedagogically proficient, while the opposition newspapers just connects the impopularity of the cabinet with the scandals and the performed practical politics.

References

External links

  • The Government and the Government Offices of Sweden
  • Statement of Government Policy (6 October 2006)
Preceded by
Persson
Cabinet of Sweden
2006–present
Incumbent
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