Suedia isi inchide consulatele din New York si Los Angeles din cauza crizei. Ministrul de externe suedez Carl Bild:
Restringerile de buget forteaza Ministerul de Externe suedez sa inchida deasemenea consulatele din Canton, China, si din Kaliningrad, Rusia dar si ambasada din Sri Lanka…..
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The official announcement of the closures, which have been rumoured for months, comes despite vociferous opposition to the move from US-based Swedes and the Swedish business community.
In announcing the closures, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt blamed the move on budget shortfalls begun under the previous Social Democratic government.
“When I took office as Minister for Foreign Affairs in autumn 2006, the Ministry had a budget deficit of over 50 million kronor ($6.6 million). The deficit had been built up over several years and the previous government maintained activities that had no financing,” Bildt said in a statement.
“With these changes, we will balance the budget and at the same time renew working methods.”
The cuts are part of a broader cost-savings effort which will reduce the ministry’s real estate outlays by 50 million kronor annually and eliminate 100 positions by the end of 2010….