Svensgaard has headed the regional government, the top executive body in the northern Norwegian Troms County, since 2009. In that period, she has been a strong proponent for enhanced cross-border cooperation in the Barents Region.
The resignation of the Troms County Government comes as the local Labour Party loses support from former partners the Conservative Party and the Christian Democrats. The Troms County is facing major economic hardships and is expected to cut its budgets with as much 400 million kroner (€48 million) over the next four years. The political leaders in the region have over the last year been strongly criticized for their handling of the situation in Troms Kraft, a major regional power generator. The company, which is 40 percent owned by the county, is now suspected by Norwegian police for cases of serious corruption.
“The parliamentarian situation in the county parliament must now be reassessed”, Svensgaard says in press release and at the same time announces that she and the County Council resign.
In the period 2009-2011, the Troms County chaired the Barents Regional Council and Svensgaard successfully worked for the strengthening of cross-border political cooperation in the region.
The political system in Troms is based on a the principles of parliamentarianism, according to which the executing County Government is appointed by a majority in the County Parliament.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.