Arla postpones all elections for one year

A large majority of Arla’s elected representatives have decided that all elections in Arla’s democratic systems will not be held for another year.


A Swedish proposal to postpone all election actions by one year due to the corona situation, was adopted by 162 of 187 Arla-Representatives. The vote took place at an extraordinary, online meeting of the Board of Representatives.

The argument in the proposal – which was drafted by 38 Swedish members of the Board of Representatives – was that it is crucial for the democracy to be able to meet ”properly” and not ”only online”, when elections are to be held for Arla’s district council, national councils, board and ultimately board.

– It will be difficult to conduct the elections when we cannot meet physically, said Mats Larsson, milk producer and chairman of the district council in Region Väst. He is one of the 38 Swedish representatives, that had requested the extraordinary meeting.

The proposal required an absolute majority, or 75 percent support, as this was a deviation from the articles of association. According to the rules there must be two years between the election documents.

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