14 November 2006
Collegium sends letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden re: fate of the Swedish National Institute.Under the leadership of Knut Ringen and other members of the Nordic Committee, we have developed a letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden urging him to reconsider the fate of the Swedish National Institute. We have written in this letter to strike a very positive tone in which we avoided political entrapment and spoke of the magnificent accomplishments of the Swedish Institute in worker protection over the past half century. We expressed our hope that the Government of Sweden will recognize these accomplishments and see fit to continue the existence of a national center for occupational health in Sweden.
On November 28th, the Office of the Prime Minister responded to the Secretary General affirming that the National Institute for Working Life will be phased out in 2007 in order to improve public efficiency.