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Sweden – Employment agency under further scrutiny

27 August 2013

The Swedish public employment agency, Arbetsfӧrmedlingen, has once again come under scrutiny following accusations of wrong-doing. The agency’s chairwoman, Christina Johansson has been accused of running another company that accepted contracts from Arbetsfӧrmedlingen and received more money that it was entitled to, according to English language newspaper The Local.

Ms Johansson has refused to respond to inquiries from the Swedish press but reportedly sent a text message to a reporter, explaining that the company she runs, Runman Education, has not accepted any contracts from Arbetsfӧrmedlingen since she took over running it.

Swedish authorities, meanwhile, have requested that Rinman Education pay back SEK 369,000 (USD 56,710) in state financing after misstating the number of course participants in an industrial design programme it ran. The company now have one month to pay back the six-figure sum.

The design course took place in a small Swedish town where Johannson is deputy chief of the council board and owns 46% of Rinman Education.

This new accusation comes swiftly on the heels of a report on Friday from the board, which stated that it no longer had any confidence in Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist, who has led the company as CEO for five years. The Swedish labour minister has also intervened and over the weekend asked the CEO to step down. 

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