Cash-free bank buys influence at coin museum

Published March 9, 2021 at 7:56 p.m.

In exchange for SEK 15 million, Swedbank will, among other things, act as the authority’s “sounding board and adviser”, reports Swedens radio.

But Olle Lundin, professor of administrative law, tells the radio that the arrangement may be illegal because the museum cannot be expected to act independently if it is financed by an individual. Such an arrangement is therefore contrary to the Constitution.

– You do not meet the requirement for impartiality in the form of government when you allow yourself to be financed by an actor and at the same time allow it to have such a large influence on the business, says Olle Lundin.

The museum’s agreement with Swedbank runs for 6.5 years and means that the authority receives SEK 15 million in exchange for the bank being given the right to propose which people will give lectures at the museum and act as the museum’s “sounding board and adviser”, according to the radio.

However, museum director Cecilia von Heijne tells Swedish Radio that independence is not affected, because according to the agreement, it is always the museum that decides in the end.

Source: Fria Tider by

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