Officials helped the regional council president with private jobs


Regional Council Chairman Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (S) has received help from her officials to prepare a number of tasks for which she herself made money.

It writes Berlingske.

The agency has helped with preparation for Hæstorp Andersen’s work as a facilitator for the company Samuelsen. They have organized political network meetings – in this case about the digital healthcare system.

The Capital Region of Denmark’s administration informs Berlingske that Hæstorp Andersen has participated in five meetings between December 2019 and December 2020.

She has chosen to pay back the 18,000 kroner she has earned on it.

The administration states that Hæstorp Andersen was told by the officials that she would like to receive a fee as a facilitator.

However, they had not informed her that in that case it would be a private job to which the officials are not allowed to contribute.

Frederik Waage, professor of administrative law at the University of Southern Denmark, tells Berlingske that the S-politician has been advised incorrectly.

“It is not a simple issue, because the officials are welcome to participate in all sorts of other activities she performs.”

“What makes this case different from other work assignments is that she makes money on it,” he says.

According to Marie Kruse, director of the Center for Politics and Communication in the Capital Region, she and her people bear the responsibility.

To Berlingske, she says that one part of the administration was aware that Hæstorp Andersen received a fee, but did not know that she received help from the officials.

The other part of the department contributed material because it was thought that it was professionally relevant to her work in the region, but did not know that it was a problem that she received money for the task.

Marie Kruse tells Berlingske that she is sad that the two parts of the administration came to ‘lay out all the stumbling blocks’ for Hæstorp Andersen that it could.

In a written comment, the protagonist himself apologizes for the error.

Human error is inevitable, she writes. Therefore, both she and the administration acted when they were made aware of the error, it reads.

Sophie Hæstorp Andersen is a candidate for the post of Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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