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Rebecka Nolmark new Director-General of Swedish Exhibition Agency

The Government today appointed Rebecka Nolmark as new Director-General and head of the Swedish Exhibition Agency. Ms Nolmark will take up her post on 1 September 2014. The appointment is for six years.
"I am happy that we were able to recruit Rebecka Nolmark. She has very good and broad experience of change and development processes related to museums, which is valuable for the further development of the agency," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Frida Jakobsson Frida Jakobsson Photo: Regeringskansliet

Frida Jakobsson new Press Officer for Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth

On Monday 9 June, Frida Jakobsson took up the post of Press Officer to Minister for Culture and Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Ms Jakobsson can be reached at the same telephone number as former Press Secretary Catharina Henriksson.

Seminar on the role of libraries in literature and reading promotion

On Tuesday 3 June, the Ministry of Culture and the Swedish Library Association co-organised a half-day seminar on the role of libraries in literature and reading promotion. Speakers at the seminar included representatives of the research community and libraries, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and Secretary-General of the Swedish Library Association Niclas Lindberg.

Speech by Minister for Sport at the Swedish Floorball Federation kick-off meeting

On 5 December, the World Floorball Championships will begin in Gothenburg, in which 15 countries will compete. Minister for Sport Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth held a speech at the Swedish Floorball Federation kick-off meeting.
"It is especially exciting that Gothenburg and Sweden have been selected to host this world championship. International sporting events of this kind are important for maintaining and developing the great interest that exists in sport," said Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Culture and Sport in focus at Council meeting

The Council of the European Union discussed cultural heritage and major sporting events at a Council meeting in Brussels on 20 and 21 May. Education and youth issues were also addressed. State secretaries Joakim Stymne and Ulrika Stuart Hamilton represented Sweden. The ministers of culture agreed on the significance of cultural heritage as an important resource for a sustainable Europe. Cultural heritage is seen as an important economic factor linked to the creative and cultural industries.

"Now it is important to move forward and clarify the possibilities of developing our cultural heritage. This concerns, among other things, its social and intercultural significance," said Mr Joakim Stymne.

Research conference on sports for children and young people

On 22 May, the Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports and the Swedish Sports Confederation held a research conference on sports for children and young people. The aim of the conference was to provide an overview of how children can participate in sporting activities with explicit performance and results goals while taking account of their physical, mental and social development and keeping the best interests of the child in mind.

"Children and young people who want to try hard to reach the top should, of course, have an opportunity to do so, but this should take place in safe and secure forms. Today, there are no effective sanctions against federations and associations that infringe the guidelines. If activities do not have a child rights perspective, there must be consequences," said Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Speech by Minister for Culture at Speech at TV-Dagen (TV Day)

Today, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth gave a speech on the Government's media policy at TV-Dagen (TV Day), a seminar for the television industry.
"I believe there is broad consensus in Sweden on safeguarding the independence of the media, that policy should not interfere in, for example, programming by broadcasters," said Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth in her speech.

The revised MU Agreement now signed

On Tuesday 17 June, the revised agreement on the participation and remuneration of artists when exhibiting artworks (the MU Agreement) was signed. In October 2013, the Government tasked the Swedish Arts Council with making the MU Agreement clearer and easier to apply. It has now been signed by the parties. The amended agreement makes it easier for professional practitioners to receive remuneration when exhibiting at state institutions. The MU Agreement now also covers international copyright holders.

Positive trend for participation in culture and media

The report is the third coordinated follow-up of the Government's strategy for the implementation of disability policy. It describes developments in twelve priority areas, two of which are culture and media.
Today the Swedish Agency for Participation released a report on disability policy entitled "What's Up in 2014?". The report reveals progress in the area of culture and media. 47 per cent of county administrative boards and county museums consider that easily eliminated obstacles have been dealt with at the county's cultural sites. This compares with 19 per cent in the previous year. In the media area, the report shows that in 2013, cinemas offered some 9 900 subtitled screenings. This is almost three times as many as in 2012. The accessibility requirement included in the Swedish Arts Council's grant award process is also held up as a good example.

Government support for sport - 2013 follow-up

Today, 15 May, the Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports presented its in-depth analysis of good ethical standards in sports. The analysis has mainly focused on issues with legal and financial dimensions, and on governance and management issues. The findings are summarised in the report 'Government support for sport - 2013 follow-up'.

The report was commissioned on 14 December 2012.