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The scandal in the Swedish national Grid requires lagskärpning

On Thursday, called the energy minister Anders Ygeman to the parliamentary näringsutskott to explain what the government is doing to ensure that it does not occur more serious security vulnerabilities within the Swedish authorities.

the Background is that the DN in a series of articles exposed the maladministration within the authority of the Swedish national grid is responsible for the backbone of the country's electricity grid. It is, inter alia, that the friendships have influenced the appointments of senior positions and persons have been given the powers without having säkerhetskontrollerats. Moreover, the foreign staff of a service provider, received the access to the control system.

the government is working to tighten procedures to prevent such things from happening again. It is both stricter procedures and more stringent legal requirements.

" We have tightened a number of laws. Already the first of april comes the new Swedish security protection act in force. The will to strengthen the work of authorities at all levels, " says Anders Ygeman.

He could not, however, guarantee that these measures are sufficient.

– Regulatory enough. But it is clear that legislation is not enough against those who violate the laws. This requires active enforcement and an active examination, " says Anders Ygeman.

After the DN's revelations have Ulla Sandborgh forced to resign from the post of director general for the Swedish national grid. Moreover, the Conservatives have notified the former energy minister, now the minister of economic affairs, Ibrahim Baylan (S), and prime minister Stefan Löfven (S) to the parliament's constitutional affairs committee by reason of the scandal.

not that the government can come back with further measures against the Swedish national Grid after the ongoing audits will be completed.

– After we got a review of what has happened, it may be the case with the new measures, " says Anders Ygeman.

Energy minister had been summoned to the industry and at the request of president Carl-Oskar Bohlin (M).

" The big question is still not answered, namely how the government will ensure that this does not happen again. It refers to a long series of actions taken in the past and settles for the chest. It is a small consolation when it has been able to happen, " he says.

happened in the Swedish power Grid with it as previously happened in the Swedish transport agency and which at the time of the crisis revealed serious security flaws.

– It is not thanks to the government's measures like this have come up in the light. This is a consequence of whistle-blowers and investigative journalists. The government's handling so far bears more characteristics of a crisis management by themselves than management of the underlying problem, " says Carl-Oskar Bohlin.

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