Late on the evening of the 21 may 2018 will alert it to the mejlkorgarna belonging to five persons is located centrally on the social Insurance.
the e-Mail DN taken part of the has the subject line: ”By reason of what we today submitted to the TV4”.
”Godkväll”, launching the acting director general Maria Hemström Hemmingsson.
the Authority, which is one of Sweden's largest, with over 14,000 employees, is at this time in a state of confusion. Almost a month previously the minister of social affairs Annika Strandhäll (S) suddenly fired the director-general Ann-Marie Begler from the post.
as the government retrieved from the Swedish social insurance Inspectorate, has only been on the Insurance in a few weeks when she writes the email.
”Some quick information, because my days are so chokade I don't have time to take everything (that should be) oral: I have been outraged calls from the department of the reason we left it out here.”
the e-Mail spread soon in a wider circle of officials at the Insurance office who consider that the content is noteworthy. According to the e-mail warns government of ”serious consequences” if the meeting notes be distributed to journalists and the general public. The acting director general says that she will in the future itself will decide whether the documents should be disclosed.
In the background is an ongoing battle for verklighetsbeskrivningen between the minister of social affairs Strandhäll and her kicked the director-general Ann-Marie Begler.Ann-Marie Begler and social affairs Annika Strandhäll at a joint press conference when Begler was appointed director general of the Insurance authority in 2015. Barely three years later, was she released, which was the start of a crisis for the government. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT
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the committee on the constitution how the government acted when the Agency's previous director-general Ann-Marie Begler became of their mission.
It has been almost exactly a year ago the minister of social affairs Annika Strandhäll (S) called a press conference and announced that the government would replace Ann-Marie Begler. The decision exposed a crisis of confidence between the government and the myndighetschefen and was met by criticism from the opposition and parts of the authority's management team that rushed to Beglers defense.
the Parliamentary socialförsäkringsutskott asked both the minister and director-general of the matter, and the Liberals were notified Annika Strandhäll to the committee on the constitution.
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A central element in what came to be known as ”the Begler-affair” is about the declaration to the director-general was replaced. Annika Strandhäll and the government claimed that the man expressed dissatisfaction with the Agency's governance during several meetings with the director-general. Ann-Marie Begler, in turn, claimed that the contact with the government offices has been positive and that the decision to kick her in place was based on a political fear to lose the election.
"I've barely had a few meetings with Annika Strandhäll," said Begler in an interview with the Swedish newspaper dagens nyheter in may 2018.
, including the DN, take note of the protocols and meeting notes that were and that could corroborate any of the two conflicting descriptions. Both the government offices and the social Insurance office was under considerable pressure, the ministry's list from may 2018 shows how the reporters at the country's largest editorial offices requested documents about the case.a year ago, at the end of april 2018, was named Maria Hemström Hemmingsson to the acting director general on Insurance. The mission she was given by Annika Strandhäll was to lead the authority in a partly new direction. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
the DN can now reveal how the government tried to influence the information which was left out from the social Insurance. It is also apparent that the authority's acting director-general Maria Hemström Hemmingsson criticized the employees and introduced new procedures after a call from the government.
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was sent at 22:32 on 21 may 2018. Among the five recipients were some of the Agency's top executives, including then-communications manager, the head of DG staff and legal counsel.
It had come to the ministry's attention that the social Insurance provided documents concerning the meetings between Annika Strandhälls secretary of state and Ann-Marie Begler. The documents had been left out after a routine secrecy testing of the authority's counsel.
It led to the ”irate calls” from the department to Maria Hemström Hemmingsson.
”They point out, while we, of course, may do as we wish’ but that ’there will be serious consequences for our dialogues/conversations and the information that they are willing to share with us’.”
Maria Hemström Hemmingsson writes that during a management meeting on the same day discussed the need for meaningful exchange of information with the ministry of social affairs and that it occurred, therefore, is ”deeply unfortunate”.
”of Course, we shall always – if they are not coated with confidentiality – leave out documents that are public documents, but when it comes to materials, we must weigh the importance of transparency towards the opportunity to carry out our mission. And my assessment is, unfortunately, that it is affected negatively by events such as this”, writes Maria Hemström Hemmingsson and concludes:
”in light of this, I am grateful for the information before we leave out material in the future, so that I have the opportunity to decide if we should do it.”the e-Mail as the Agency's acting director-general sent to his staff after contact from the government. Photo: DN
DN:s stand-alone journalist Hanne Kjöller and nyhetsredaktionen previously been part of the protocols and mötesanteckningarna from the 2017 and 2018 which the government wanted to keep secret.
A part of the six documents is written on the letterhead, with the date and logo, while the other is from the social Insurance. According to the authority's acting director-general is all the notes written by the Insurance officials.
the Content is concise and seemingly routine activities, and on the basis of the documents is not clear that any strong criticism made to the Begler, which would have strengthened the government's explanation as to why she was kicked.
In the notes from a meeting between Ann-Marie Begler and Strandhälls secretary of state on 15 december 2017 are:
”the Meeting ends with a big thank you for a good cooperation in 2017!”
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the article requested the meeting notes and minutes for all meetings between the acting director-general Maria Hemström Hemmingsson and government offices. The social insurance office has left notices to five meetings, but not any minutes from them.
”meeting Notes or protocols, or is the material”, is the answer.
the Principle is based on the Swedish constitution. The aim is for all citizens to have transparency in how the state acts. Therefore, the authorities ' actions in general public and anyone can take part of them, unless the data not covered by confidentiality. It happens, however, that the authorities refuse to disclose documents which they believe is ”material”, and which are not yet established. It does not mean that the documents are protected by confidentiality, but they may be left out anyway.
Documents that have been received or has been sent from the agency are public, unless they are not covered by confidentiality, and the same thing applies to the adjusted protocols and meeting notes.
on Thursday 25 april, the social insurance Annika Strandhäll to be questioned by the committee on the constitution.
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