Thursday, August 13, 2009

So, farewell then, Fernand Boden

Don't know who he is? Well as Luxembourg's farm minister he was on the Agriculture Council for 14 years and hence its longest-serving member. This included two presidencies. Now, as he approaches the age of 66, he has stepped down and also shed his portfolios of the Middle Classes [sic], Tourism and Housing.

His replacement is Romaain Schneider, the former Secretary-General of the Socialist Workers' Party [sic] who comes from the city of Wiltz and also takes on the sports portfolio. This is not a surprise as he is the President of the 2nd Division ('Division of Honour') football club FC Wiltz 71.

At one time members of the Farm Council remained there for a long time and this had quite an effect on its culture and decision-making. Given that the members were generally male and had some kind of agricultual background, even if only as a bureaucrat, this created something of a 'club' atmosphere. Now only 6 of the 27 members were in office in two-and-half years ago.

1 comment:

Dennis Flock said...

Here is a terrible story/scandal that has been hushed up in Sweden, it´s concerning Authorities in Kronoberg, Växjö and

Ljungby, and swedish Media is hushed up too.

In July 2009 took Sweden over the chairmanship of the European Union, and in September 2009 a large
conference is planned in Kronoberg and Växjö with over 500 delegates representing most of the member states.

With regard to the fact that the “investigation” was instigated in Växjö and the whole story revolving around

authorities in Kronoberg it would be inappropriate that this horrible and shameful account should be drawn to the

attention of the Public in all of the EU member states, and especially embarrassing for The Swedish State, Kronoberg,

Växjö Council and others directly involved.

Here is the shameful story: