Reaction from BIL Sweden on Saab reconstruction

I find it a little odd that many in the Swedish press have found it fashionable to take the government’s side of this discussion and are prepared to throw Saab under the bus. Polls and popular Swedish newspapers seem to tell it that way.
But there’s some good, real analysis coming through as well, which seems to based a bit more on substance rather than the populist arguments being thrown up by a pedantic government there.
We had journalist Magnus Nordberg’s piece in TTELA yesterday, and today there’s some reaction from BIL Sweden, the car industry’s main oversight group there.
ctm’s provided a brief translation for us:

While Saab continues its fight, the government continues to be passive.
BIL Sweden is surprised by the paralysis that the Swedish government continues to demonstrate over the crisis in the automotive industry. The governments in the other car-producing countries in Europe have taken powerful actions to stimulate their domestic markets and to give their industry good conditions for the future. The Swedish government is passive in spite of the intense struggle for survival that is currently underway in Trollhättan.
– Saab has today announced an aggressive plan that has great benefits for Sweden in the form of jobs, valuable export, and increasing the supply from Swedish subcontractors, says Bertil Moldén, CEO of BIL Sweden.
– Work is being done around Europe in order to counter the crisis in the automotive industry. Sweden is the country that is most dependent on their car manufacturing and the government’s inaction is therefore remarkable. Even more remarkable are the negative statements about the domestic vehicle manufacturers’ products that the government representatives have spread on several occasions. These things are unheard of in other countries with automotive industry, says Bertil Moldén.
– Incentive programs to scrap old cars and increase sales of new have been introduced at a rapid rate all over Europe. While counteracting the economic downturn, it also benefits the environment and road safety. In Swedish, in the middle of the crises, the government instead takes away the incentives on green cars and has put the issue of scrap incentives on hold, finish Bertil Moldén.
I’m just wondering…..
If this reorganisation is a court controlled process, and the courts accept Saab’s reorganisation plan when it is finalised in early April, can the government unreasonably withhold the aid that it’s passed into law?
Or could Saab and any effected suppliers sue the government for withholding the guarantees from a company the court sees as viable through the reorganisation process?
Just asking….
As BIL Sweden points out, the government seem to be more concerned with political points than actually doing something to help their automotive industry. Given that they passed aid for the industry into law, can they be held to account for the lack of help if it’s proven that it should be given, and they’ve done virtually nothing?
Thanks ctm!

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