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Torsten Olof "Olle" Fredrik Schmidt
(born July 22, 1949 in Axvall
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, Västra Götaland County
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) is a Swedish
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politician. He has served as a Member of the European Parliament
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for the Swedish Liberal People's Party
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, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
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, between 1999 and 2004, and again since 2006.
He sits on the European Parliament
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's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
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. He is also a member of the Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners and a member of the delegation for relations with Croatia
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- Degree (1972) and master's degree
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(1974), Lund University
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. Teacher (1969, 1970, 1973).
- Public relations officer, Scan Väst (Uddevalla
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shipyard, 1973, 1974–1977).
- Local secretary for the Liberal People's Party in Malmö
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- Press and information officer, Ministry of Trade (1981–1982).
- Leader-writer/current-affairs commentator (Gothenburg
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- Project officer (Malmö, 1989–1991); project leader (Kristianstad
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- Member of the Liberal People's Party executive (1995–1999).
- Local government affairs adviser (1983–1985) and policy adviser (1986–1988) in Malmö; substitute member of Malmö city executive board (1988–1991); leader of Malmö city council (1988–1997); various local government assignments (1986–1997).
- Member of the Riksdag
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(1991–1994). Substitute member of the Financial Affairs Committee and Housing Committee (1991–1994).
- Conducted various inquiries and studies in Malmö (1995–1998) and for central government (1989–1999).