September 7, 2015 - Assignment

The permit for the reconstruction of Slussen and Mälaren’s re-regulation is now final

The Supreme Court announced 19 August 2015 their decision not to grant leave to appeal to the parties appealing the “Slussen” case. As a result, the City of Stockholm has secured the final permit under the Environmental Code for the reconstruction of Slussen and for a new regulation of the water level of Lake Mälaren, allowing for the planned start of construction to commence next summer.

The Land and Environment Court at Nacka District Court granted the permit sought by the City of Stockholm in February 2014 for water operations in connection with the reconstruction of Slussen area, an area of canal locks located in the heart of Stockholm between Old Town and Södermalm, connecting Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea, and the re-regulation of Mälaren. After appeals from numerous parties, including the Municipality of Stockholm, the Land and Environment Court of Appeal at Svea Court of Appeal announced its judgment in January 2015 to uphold the permit and change the conditions with respect to the claims brought by the City of Stockholm. A number of the affected parties had appealed the judgment to the Supreme Court.

 The City of Stockholm retained Mannheimer Swartling in 2010 to work with them on preparing a permit application and to represent them in the application process. During the proceedings, a number of lawyers, mainly from the firm’s environmental law group, participated in the work. Per Molander and Bo Hansson led the firm’s team and were assisted most recently by Joel Mårtensson, Josefin Ohlson and Christoffer Lundqvist.