Once a year the members of the Riksdag get the opportunity to submit motions - proposals - on virtually any subject. This is during the general private members' motions period, which takes place in the autumn. The general private members' motions period normally begins with the opening of the Riksdag session and ends 15 days after the Government has presented the Budget Bill to the Riksdag. However, the Riksdag can decide on different dates following a proposal from the Speaker. During this period, the members can submit motions on any subject that falls within the Riksdag's jurisdiction. Motions that are submitted during the general private members' motions period are known as independent or general private members' motions. A motion can contain one or more proposals. Motions are submitted on the last day of the general private members’ motions period. Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen The committees examine the proposals Each motion is referred to one of the parliamentary committees for consideration. Motions on climate issues are, for example, referred to the Committee on Environment and Agriculture. The committees examine the proposals and present their proposals for how the Riksdag should decide before the Riksdag adopts a position in the Chamber. The Committee on Foreign Affairs deals with motions relating to Sweden’s cooperation and relations with other countries. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand Facts on the general private members' motions period 3,409 private members' motions were submitted in autumn 2016 3,851 private members' motions were submitted in autumn 2017 2,938 private members' motions were submitted in autumn 2018 3,313 private members' motions were submitted in autumn 2019 The 2020 general private members' motions period starts on 8 September and finishes on 6 October.