Sören Häggroth and Lars M Andersson gave, Thurday 23 January 2014, oral evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons. The Committee asked questions about the legal regulations between central and local government in Sweden and how that differs to the UK system. Furthermore, the members of the select committee had several questions about Municipal Bond Agencies in Europe and the project to create such an agency in the UK. The session, which lasted for over two hours, can be viewed here (video), or read here (transcript).
The English LGA has appointed advisors for the con-tinuation of their project to create a Municipal Bond Agency. Aidan Brady is the lead advisor. He has many years experience of senior executive positions in banks, including Deutsche Bank.
Lars M Andersson and Professor Francis Breedon, professor of economics and finance at Queen Mary University of London will act as strategic advisors.
Read the press release here
Read article in Public Finance here
Municipal Journal have in an article, written by Jonathan Werran, reported about the LGA’s decision to continue to develop a British bond agency. In relation to this, Lars M Andersson was interviewed. Read the article here.
The English Local Government Association issued a press release last Friday, where the following is written:
”The cross-party executive of the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, has voted unanimously in favour of pursuing the plan following 18 councils making formal expressions of interest in the creation of a Municipal Bonds Agency to rival those already in operation in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and France.”
The local authorities that have stated their commitment to work with the LGA to develop the agency, are presented in the press release. They are:
- Birmingham City Council
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- City of London Corporation
- East Dunbartonshire Council
- Ipswich Borough Council
- Lancashire County Council
- London Borough of Lewisham
- London Borough of Southwark
- London Borough of Sutton
- London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
- Newcastle City Council
- Rochford District Council
- Stevenage Borough Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
- Warrington Borough Council
- Westminster City Council
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Read the press release here.
Municipal Journal has published an article, written by Lars M Andersson, about the role of local government funding agencies and how they support local authorities in their infrastructure investment activities, so urgently needed to achieve growth. Beside this article, Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the LGA, has written a piece about the efforts in Britain to create an agency, with the headline ”A commercial breakthrough?”.
Read the first part of the article here
Read the second part of the article and Sir Merrick Cockell’s article here.
Public Finance International has published an article on their website about the creation of Agence France Locale. Read the article here.
A couple of days ago, on the 22nd of October, the Agence France Locale was created during a meeting in Paris. These are the 11 founding members of the agency:
Département de Savoie
Communautés Urbaines de Lille
Communautés Urbaines de Lyon
Communautés Urbaines de Valenciennes
Communautés Urbaines de Vallée-de-la-Marne
Ville de Bordeaux
Ville de Grenoble
Ville de Lons-le-Saunier
Among the representatives of the founding members were Jacques Pélissard, Chairman of the Mayors Association, Gérard Collomb, Chairman of Grand Lyon, Michel Destot, Mayor of Grenoble, Alain Juppe, Mayor of Bordeaux and ex-Prime Minister.
An important group of French politicians and and high ranking civil servants joined for a lunch to celebrate the creation of Agence France Locale. Among the guest were Anne-Marie Escoffier, Deputy Minister for local government, Philip Yvin, advisor to the Prime Minister. Furthermore, a group of foreign guest were present: Gunnar Lund, Swedish Ambassador to France, Daniel Goodwin, Executive Director of the English Local Government Association, Alf Egnerfors, Vice-president of the Board of Kommuninvest Cooperative Society, Pekka Averio, CEO of Munifin and Henning Schoppmann, General Secretary of European Association of Public Banks.
Ron Walkier, CEO of Nederlandse Waterschapsbank (NWB), sent the following message: ”wish the newly born a successful and prosperous future”.
Craig Stobo, President of the Board of New Zealand LGFA, sent the following message: ” the NZ Local Government Funding Agency warmly welcomes Agence France Locale to the funding agency ”club”, acknowledges the hard work that you have done to get here, and wishes it every prosperity.”
At the press conference, Marylise Lebranchu, Minister for Local Government, joined and gave the Governments support for the new agency. I was also asked to make some remarks (which can be read here) to the members of the press.