Every year the Swedish Competition Authority receives about a thousand tip-offs about cartels and other unfair market practices. The Swedish NAO’s audit shows that the Authority lacks effective tools for prioritising between different measures, and that the internal control has deficiencies.
In 2016, the Swedish Government earmarked SEK 800 million a year up to 2019 for renovation and energy efficiency measures for housing in areas with socio-economic challenges. However, only a fraction of the money was used, and the initiative contributed only marginally to the political objectives.
The final cost of operation and basic maintenance of the national road network is on average more than 40 per cent higher than initially procured. The Swedish NAO’s audit also shows that speculative pricing may be one of the causes.
Municipalities that do not enforce decisions on assistance must report to central government and risk paying a penalty charge. The Swedish National Audit Office’s audit of the sanctions shows that they have contributed to improved legal security. However, the system has weaknesses and can be further developed.