Åsa Romson

Åsa Elisabeth Romson (born 22 March 1972) is a Swedish politician who was the Minister for the Environment and ceremonial Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden in the Swedish Government from 2014 to 2016. She is a member of the Green Party and served as one of its spokespersons along with Gustav Fridolin between 2011 and 2016.

In 2012, Romson completed a doctorate in environmental law at Stockholm University.[1]

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Minister for the Environment
In office
3 October 2014 – 25 May 2016
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Lena Ek
Succeeded by Karolina Skog
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
In office
3 October 2014 – 25 May 2016
Serving with Margot Wallström (Acting)
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Preceded by Jan Björklund
Succeeded by Isabella Lövin
Spokesperson of the Green Party
In office
21 May 2011 – 13 May 2016
Serving with Gustav Fridolin
Preceded by Maria Wetterstrand
Peter Eriksson
Succeeded by Isabella Lövin
Gustav Fridolin
Member of the Riksdag
In office
25 May 2016 – 14 July 2017
Constituency Stockholm Municipality
In office
4 October 2010 – 3 October 2014
Personal details
Born 22 March 1972 (age 46)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party Green Party
Alma mater Stockholm University
Profession Lawyer

Political career

In the late 1990s, she was a member of the Green Party and the Young Greens of Sweden. Between 2002 and 2010, she was a member of the city council in Stockholm.[2] Since the 2010 election she has been a spokesperson for environmental and climate policy. She has been a member of the Swedish parliament since the 2010 election.[2]

On 29 March 2011, she was nominated as one of the candidates[3] to be the Green Party's new spokesperson, together with Gustav Fridolin. They were elected on 21 May 2011.

She started serving as the Minister for the Environment and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden in the Löfven Cabinet. Romson announced her intention in May 2016 to resign from the Government, following the Green Party's decision not to nominate her for the party leadership for another term.[4]

Controversies

In October 2014, Romson used an outlawed type of paint on the bottom of the boat she lives on. She claimed ignorance on both counts.[5]

On 19 April 2016, she described the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center as "olycka" (meaning "accident", "disaster" or "misfortune" depending on context).[6][7][8] She explained that the disaster she was referring to in that context (the Swedish word "olycka" can mean accident or disaster) was that the topic of integration had become inflamed as a result of the attack.[9]

References

  1. ^ Åsa Romson disputerar su.se Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "Åsa Romson / Miljöpartiet de gröna". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  3. ^ Söker ett intressant uppdrag asaromson.se Archived 2012-05-25 at Archive.is
  4. ^ Nyheter, SVT. "Romson avgår ur regeringen".
  5. ^ "Åsa Romsons miss – det finns inget kryphål för bottenfärgen". Expressen. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  6. ^ "Sweden's deputy PM describes 9/11 Twin Towers attack as 'September 11 accidents'". Mail Online. 19 April 2016.
  7. ^ Li, David K. "Swedish deputy PM calls 9/11 an 'accident'". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  8. ^ "Sweden's deputy leader defends 9/11 'accident' gaffe". www.thelocal.se. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  9. ^ Nyheter, SVT. "Romson: 11 september en "olycka"".

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Peter Eriksson
Maria Wetterstrand
Spokesperson of the Green Party
2011–2016
Alongside:
Gustav Fridolin
Succeeded by
Gustav Fridolin
Isabella Lövin
Political offices
Preceded by
Jan Björklund
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
2014–2016
Serving with:
Margot Wallström (acting)
Succeeded by
Isabella Lövin
New office Minister for the Climate
2014–2016
Preceded by
Lena Ek
Minister for the Environment
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Karolina Skog

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