New law to be introduced when the General Data Protection Regulation begins to apply

Wednesday 18 April 2018

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May onwards. It is a binding EU law which will regulate how personal data may be processed within the EU. In connection with this, the Data Protection Act will cease to apply and a new act will be introduced instead to harmonise with the GDPR.

New way of serving writs for faster processing of criminal cases

Wednesday 28 March 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of allowing a new way of serving writs, known as accessible service, to be used on a trial basis in criminal cases.

Två bilmekaniker/personal undersöker en teknisk utrustning vid en bil där framluckan är öppen. Foto: Maskot / TT

More sectors of industry will need to introduce staff registers

Wednesday 28 March 2018

More companies are to be affected by the requirement to keep staff registers at their place of work. This will apply to the vehicle service industry, the food and tobacco wholesale business and the beauty and toiletry industry.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Thursday 22 March 2018

The Riksdag voted in favour of approving the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada.

Vägskylt som visar vägen till "Embassy of Sweden" på arabiska och svenska. Skyltarna står i gatumiljö. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT

Swedish embassies and consulates to provide protection to EU citizens

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Citizens of EU member states and members of their families are to be entitled to the same help from Swedish embassies and consulates as Swedish citizens in countries outside the EU.

Compensation to certain people with changed gender identity

Wednesday 21 March 2018

People who applied to change their gender identity during the period when it was required that they should not have the ability to reproduce are to receive compensation from the state under certain conditions.

Ö med gröna skog mitt i sjön Åsnen. Vita moln på himlen speglar sig i vattnet. Photo: Ingela Eriksson

Sweden to be given a new national park

Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Riksdag has approved the Government's proposal that land and water areas owned by the state in the municipalities of Alvesta and Tingsryd are to be made into Åsnen National Park.

Foto: Scandinav / TT

EU proposal on labour law regulations goes too far

Thursday 1 March 2018

The European Commission wishes to introduce new minimum regulations in the area of labour law. However, the Riksdag does not consider that the proposal in all of its parts is such that should be decided at EU level.

Open conference on information exchange in EU matters

Wednesday 28 February 2018

An IPEX conference is to be held in the former First Chamber of the Riksdag on 2 March. The Speaker Urban Ahlin will open the conference which will also be attended by members from the Parliament of Luxembourg and the European Parliament. IPEX is a web platform that aims to promote greater exchange of information between parliaments on EU matters.

Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT

Greater requirements in connection with the export of military equipment

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Greater requirements are to be introduced concerning countries to which Sweden exports military equipment. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Riksdag's work on EU matters works well but could be further developed

Friday 16 February 2018

The Riksdag's work on EU matters works well overall. However, the All-party EU Committee has a small number of proposals regarding amendments to the Riksdag Act to enable the text of the Act to better reflect how work on EU matters is actually conducted.

A male employee in a warehouse checks his touch pad. Photo: Maskot / TT

New regulations for positions of special responsibility and pensions regarding unemployment insurance

Thursday 15 February 2018

New regulations are to be introduced for unemployment insurance. These will include clearer rules regarding unemployment insurance for people holding positions of special responsibility outside of regular employment. The regulations for unemployment insurance and pensions are also to be coordinated.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and the member Kerstin Lundgren in the foreign policy debate in February 2017. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Foreign policy debate

Monday 12 February 2018

The foreign policy debate will be held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 14 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) will introduce the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debate their view of foreign policy. The debate is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate will be interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service .

Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

Greater transparency of party financing

Thursday 8 February 2018

There is to be greater transparency of party financing. The requirement for open reporting of revenue is to be extended to also apply to parties’ activities at regional and local level, as well as to parties’ associated organisations. The amended regulations will come into force on 1 April 2018. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Passkö hos gränspolisen på Arlanda. Photo: Tomas Oneborg / TT

Checks of photographs and fingerprints in travel documents

Wednesday 24 January 2018

The Aliens Act and Passport Act are to be amended. In the future, aliens will be obliged to allow photographs and fingerprints to be taken when undergoing entry and exit checks, to enable verification of their identity and travel documents. This already applies to Swedish citizens. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The state or any municipalities that breach the European Convention on Human Rights to compensate damages

Wednesday 17 January 2018

The Tort Liability Act is to state that a person who, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, has seen their rights abused by the state or a municipality should receive compensation for the damages caused. The state or municipality are to pay damages to the extent necessary to compensate the harm caused.

Finansminister Magdalena Andersson (S) debatterar med Oscar Sjöstedt (SD) Foto: Anders Löwdni

The Riksdag has concluded its work on the 2018 central government budget

Thursday 21 December 2017

On 15 December, the Riksdag concluded this autumn's work on the 2018 budget. It has now been decided how the money is to be distributed among the budget's 27 expenditure areas.

Continued Swedish participation in military training efforts in Iraq

Friday 15 December 2017

The Riksdag has decided that Sweden will continue to participate in the military training efforts under way in Iraq in 2018.

Continued Swedish participation in the mission in Afghanistan

Friday 15 December 2017

Sweden will continue to participate in NATO's training, advice and support mission – the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) –in Afghanistan in 2018. This follows a decision on the matter in the Riksdag.

A male and a female soldier talking on the deck of a boat. Photo: Rebecca Landberg / Försvarsmakten

Sweden to participate in EU cooperation PESCO

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Sweden is to participate in the intra-EU military cooperation known as the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. Two of the aims of this cooperation are to develop the military capability of member states and increase opportunities for cooperation within the EU.