11 June 2009
Ministry of Education and Research
Lars Leijonborg steps down
Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg has announced that he is leaving the Government.
"After more than four decades in politics and twenty election and referendum campaigns, I want to do something different. I have decided that I do not want to gather my strength for a twenty-first election campaign. I am thus not going to stand in the 2010 election and it is therefore natural that I should leave the Government at this point," says Mr Leijonborg.
"I am proud of what I have achieved in my years as a minister. The 2008 Research Bill contained by far the largest investment in research ever seen in Sweden. The SEK 13 billion European Spallation Source in Lund will be one of Europe's biggest research facilities and will give a major boost to Swedish research. The Globalisation Council's final report contains a range of important proposals that have been well received. I am grateful to Jan Björklund that I have had an opportunity to accomplish these tasks, among others. I have greatly valued the cooperation with my colleagues in the Government and Fredrik Reinfeldt's leadership over the last few years," says Mr Leijonborg.
He will formally leave the Government as soon as a successor is appointed.
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