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The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden has dismissed an appeal of the collaboration agreement between LKAB and the Municipality of Gällivare. The earlier ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeal means that the agreement has now gained legal force.

The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden has dismissed an appeal of the collaboration agreement between LKAB and the Municipality of Gällivare. The earlier ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeal means that the agreement has now gained legal force.

"This is very good news for us. Since the collaboration agreement has gained legal force, payment amounting to 430 million kronor can now be made to the Municipality of Gällivare. We will now review the agreement to see which measures need to be taken," said Stefan Hämäläinen, LKAB's spokesperson for urban transformation.

The Supreme Administrative Court's decision, announced on 5 May, means that all conditions for the validity of the agreement have been fulfilled. According to earlier rulings by the Administrative Court and the Administrative Court of Appeal, the collaboration agreement between the Municipality of Gällivare and LKAB is binding. The Supreme Administrative Court ruling makes clear that an application for leave to appeal the agreement, filed by Rupert Stenström, has been dismissed.

Under the agreement, western Malmberget will be developed in three phases over the period leading up to 2032. Eastern Malmberget will remain a residential district and will be developed into an attractive area. LKAB has agreed to pay costs associated with the urban transformation.