Sweden: a Vattenfall-owned state?

CAN activists were stunned when meeting for a „bilateral“ (lobbying) with the Swedish delegation at the Bonn Climate Talks today. Sweden holds the upcoming presidency of the EU and will speak for the EU in Copenahgen when the most important Climate Agreement of our time is suppose to be negotiated.

Vattenfall, the state-owned energy company from Sweden had a representative there. It is unclear of the coal-giant who is currently building dozens of new dirty plants in the whole of Europe was part of the delegation or just invited by the Swedish negotiators.

CAN activists managed to get the Vattenfall-person out of the room to talk seriously, open, and most of all reasonable about some of the most pressing issues (I think if was sectoral trading and the issue of the EU not being to pressing right now).

This shows: Sweden might have a nice fluffy image in Germany and other countries, but it is a dirty-coal country due to one of its biggest companies that has a large impact on its domestic and international policy. Sweden wants to be a mediator (their words!) in the upcoming negotiations. Mediation between what? Corporatist interests and people striving for survival or different perspectives on who moves first? Time to decide…

Sweden, this Vattenfall belongs to you! It is state-owned, so do somthing reasonable with it and do not unleash the monster over Europe!!!


Über GYGeorg

Global. Young. Green. Drei Eigenschaften von Georg, der lange u.a. bei den Global Young Greens (GYG) aktiv war und mittlerweile für den Kohleausstieg in Deutschland kämpft.

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