To the People and Defense national conference here in Sälen, arrived in the year 350 participants. The conference ran from Sunday lunch to Tuesday night, most people went away during Wednesday.
given the participants a unique opportunity to learn about, and discuss the security and defence policy. Previously, all parliamentary parties received a few minutes was on the podium. From the floor in the hall, participants have been able to ask questions, and sometimes received unexpected notice of the speakers. But this year broke the tradition.
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" we usually have at least five minutes each to the parties. Now, it was not so, and it must, I regret, "says the Liberals' longtime försvarspolitiker Allan Widman.
the social democrats had as the governing party, two ministers of the place and had a natural dominance with five appearances on the podium. S was followed by the Conservatives three speakers, including the leader of the opposition Ulf Kristersson.
the parties who had the opportunity to speak about their defence policy. Four other parties, the green Party, the Centre party, the Liberals and the Left party, did get to get up on the podium one time each. But then you just had some specific questions.
– Rikskonferensen has for a long time been one of the few platforms that defence had. But in recent years it was done less and less on traditional defence and security policy, says Allan Widman, who himself was invited to speak in a panel about artificial intelligence.
the Christian democratic party had three mps in place, but none of them got to speak before the Rikskonferensen.
" I have had the privilege to be here nine times and this is the first time where I have not had any opportunity to be with. There are questions that should be of interest to discuss, such as Nato, Russia, and money to the armed Forces, criticize the Mikael Oscarsson, the christian democrats.
from the other seven parties currently in the final stages of the work of the government's Försvarsberedning. About four months, on 14 may, it adds up how the defense should be designed until 2025.
– Then it should reasonably be considered of interest to it during the Rikskonferensen will arrive where the different parties are, " says Mikael Oscarsson.
Allan Widman regret that the opportunities for conference attendees to question and give feedback to the försvarsberedningens members of the nor was to be.
– Here were the very many representatives of the authorities and organisations which had been able to give grants - there had been a good opportunity, " says Allan Widman.
question about it in the future is worth to put the entire three days to a conference where they are not even allowed to talk about their policies.
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the People, and Defence secretary general Maud Holma von Heijne respond to the uncertainties of the formation of the government contributed to the politicians ' participation was limited.
" this year we chose deliberately to put a less of a focus on policy generally, right or wrong. There will always be opinions, no matter how we add up the program. Then I get to take me there and look at it for the next year, she responds.
the Parliament's third largest party, The sweden democrats had five mps notified here to the Sälen – but SD boycotted this year the conference altogether.
– They did not want us under a single agenda item – why should we then take the flight up to Sälen? There was no reason for us to sit in the stands for three days, " says SD's försvarspolitiker Roger Richthoff.
Maud Holma von Heijne says, The sweden democrats knew about the program already in autumn, but booked in a late stage.
" It was sad that they chose this solution.