The Government decided today to appoint Joakim Stymne as State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture. Mr Stymne will take up his position with immediate effect. From 2006 until now, Mr Stymne has worked as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. As previously announced, State Secretary Ingrid Eiken is leaving the Ministry of Culture to take up a position on 15 February 2012 as Managing Director of Mäklarsamfundet (association of estate agents).
Björn Eriksson new national coordinator for safe sporting events
Former County Governor Björn Eriksson was today appointed national coordinator to combat crime in connection with sporting events. His mandate includes working for better coordination between relevant government agencies and organisations at central, regional and local level.
In March 2011, the Government tasked the late County Governor Per Unckel with working to achieve better cooperation between relevant agencies and organisations at central, regional and local level to combat sports-related crime. He was also to help clarify the division of responsibility between relevant parties and facilitate efforts to draw up a uniform model for information exchange. Björn Eriksson will now continue this work. He is to regularly inform the Government Offices about this work and present proposals on how to combat crime in connection with sporting events. The final report is to be presented by 31 March 2013.
Decision on Boost for Cultural Heritage
On 15 December, a government decision was made concerning the ordinance on the regulatory framework for the Boost for Cultural Heritage. The Swedish National Heritage Board will be responsible for administering the initiative and the grants. It is estimated that the Boost for Cultural Heritage will result in some 4 400 people taking up development employment in the area of cultural heritage in 2012-2014.
The Government prioritises Baltic Sea issues
On Thursday the Government decided to mandate all 21 county administrative boards and 34 government agencies to work actively on Baltic Sea issues. The Government is also establishing a network of agencies to implement the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, under the leadership of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
The agencies that come under the Ministry of Culture and which have been mandated with contributing to the implementation of the Strategy are the Swedish Museum of Natural History, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the National Maritime Museums.
Poet Tomas Tranströmer is to receive the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. In its motivation, the Swedish Academy says that Tranströmer is awarded the Prize "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".
"I, along with many others, am delighted at this well deserved accolade," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
In April this year, the Government awarded Tomas Tranströmer the honorary title of professor "for his outstanding contribution to writing, which has enriched both the Swedish language and world literature".
The Government decided today to allocate SEK 30 million to culture for the elderly. The aim is to promote the participation of elderly people in cultural life, both through cultural experiences and through their own creativity together with others.
- Cultural activities have a positive effect on health of people of all ages. This initiative allows more people to participate in cultural activities even later on in life, says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The Swedish Arts Council will be tasked by the Government to distribute funds to county councils, municipalities and private health care and social services providers to implement measures that promote efforts in this area.
The Budget Bill was presented to the Riksdag on 20 September. Proposed measures in the area of culture include a new labour market initiative, the Boost for Cultural Heritage. Regional cultural activities will also receive increased support. In the area of media and film, the digitisation of cinemas will continue and it is proposed that Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Utbildningsradio and Sveriges Television receive extra resources to make their archives accessible.
Death of County Governor Per Unckel
"It is with great grief and loss that I received the news of the death of County Governor Per Unckel. Per Unckel was a close friend and we have worked well together for many years. As County Governor Per Unckel chaired the Skansen Foundation and also held the position of National Coordinator against sports-related violence. He made important contributions and leaves a great void," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
The Government will review the issue of replacements for the positions that County Governor Per Unckel held.
On Monday 19 September the Minister for Culture participated in a panel discussion on how gender equality can be improved in the film industry. It was Women in Film and Television (Wift) that launched the document 'The Fast Track - on ways to gender equality in the film industry' at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.
"Culture is also affected by the economic crisis," states Henrik Selin, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs in Brussels.
Most important just now is the Commission proposal for the next Culture and MEDIA programme due this autumn.