the Liberals are a party that right now is being shaken by several crises at the same time. One of them is on EU member of parliament Cecilia Wikström who in the weekend petades from the party's list for the spring's EUROPEAN elections. The background is the assignments she has in the two companies. The party leadership fears that the debate that has broken out around the assignments and arvodenas size would have overshadowed the election campaign.
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the 751 members of the EUROPEAN parliament and their side quests. The review shows that Cecilia Wikström is among those with the highest incidental revenues, even if there are some that are much higher. With more than 800.000 kroner a year from the board assignments she appears on place 13 out of 751. In addition, she earns about 80,000 dollars a month that the EU-parliamentarians.
Cecilia Wikström himself sees no conflict between his politikerroll and the high sidoinkomsterna.
" For me it has never been ugly to make money. I have devoted my political life to fighting against poverty and injustice, but I have never had to fight people to get paid for their work. Such is liberalism. My ideology is waterproof safe in here, " said Cecilia Wikström.
" I mean that it is extremely important that politicians be bothered to step out of the politikerbubblan. Therefore, I am also doing a lot of volunteering.
also to Cecilia Wikström earn by far most of the Swedish members of the EUROPEAN parliament. EUROPEAN parliamentarians declare their sidoinkomster in absolute figures, but in the interval, and on the basis of the ranges of the average Swedish mep between 90.000 and 180.000 sek extra if year. The sum of the L-political fees is thus several times larger. The majority of the Swedish EU-parliamentarians also lack the income from subsidiary activities, the fact is that only seven of the 20 have declared such.
" I'm not ashamed of it one moment. It may be because they have not received such a request, " said Cecilia Wikström.
She has her bolagsuppdrag in Elekta dealing with medical technology and industrial company Beijer Alma. In the latter case is the personal contact behind the board membership.
– Beijer Alma's family I have known for many many years. It is a Uppsalabaserat, publicly traded company with very high reputation in the city and I'm from Uppsala, " says Cecilia Wikström.
She is also a shareholder in Beijer Alma, with a holdings of Monday's course was worth around 135.000 sek.
" Not a whit. I will also get shares in Elekta. It is a way to show that you believe in the company.
When the DN hit Cecilia Wikström on Monday, it has been two days since the news that she petas from the EU-list, where she was thought of as one and the party's poster child. She is still very upset over the party's actions.
" It has been spineless. When the panic intensified, did they not see clearly. They have painted up the ghosts with absolutely unrealistic proportions.
" I have respect for the argument but I think that it would not necessarily be so. There is a far greater risk to let someone else take my role and believe that the person to be able to conduct a campaign without this debacle is persecuting the poor man, " said Cecilia Wikström.
During the bud to her was that she must resign their directorships if she wanted to continue as an EU candidate. For her it was never in the news.
" this is about my own credibility. I made the assessment that I'm capable to lead the Liberals to success in the elections at the same time as I'm sitting in two boards. I won a convincing majority of the votes in our provval and then chose a unanimous partiråd me. Before that I had talked with the committee about these board assignments that follow the regulatory framework, " said Cecilia Wikström.
" I was elected by the annual general meetings until there is a new but one does not leave in the middle of. It had been completely disrespectful.
" But the asylum is a sadness, I am convinced that in the moment I walk out of the parliament then falls to the agreement. I have personally been in it and scored a majority with me. It is very dependent on specific individuals, " said Cecilia Wikström.
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