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Organised crime on the agenda when the Riksdag hosts meeting of the chairpersons of COSAC

On 29–30 January, the Riksdag will host the meeting of the chairpersons of COSAC. During the conference, the chairpersons of the national parliaments' EU affairs committees and members of the European Parliament will be meeting to discuss current EU issues.

Human rights and the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be debated at the PACE winter session

The Riksdag delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE, is participating in the Assembly’s winter session on 23–27 January. Issues to be discussed include the Russian invasion of Ukraine linked to human rights and the fight against gender-based violence.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Debate between party leaders 18 January

A debate between party leaders was held at the Riksdag on Wednesday 18 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. Webcast: Debate between party leaders

Speaker Andreas Norlén and Speaker of the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament) Matti Vanhanen in the Eduskunta Plenary Hall. Photo: The Eduskunta

The Speaker leads a delegation to Finland

On Monday 16 January, the Speaker Andreas Norlén led a delegation of members of the Riksdag on an official visit to Finland.

Member of the Riksdag Mats Nordberg passes away

Mats Nordberg (SweDem), member of the Riksdag for Dalarna County constituency, has passed away.

Media invited to cover Riksdag conferences during the EU Presidency

The Riksdag is organising a number of conferences within the framework of the parliamentary dimension of the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers January–June 2023.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Seminar with this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates

On 13 December, the Speaker Andreas Norlén welcomed the recipients of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize at the Riksdag. The laureates participated in a seminar on human rights and democracy.

Sweden to phase out its participation in UN mission in Mali

The Riksdag voted in favour of a proposal from the Government concerning Sweden's contribution with an armed force to the UN mission in Mali.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya visits the Riksdag

Talmannen Second Deputy Speaker Julia Kronlid received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus, for a meeting at the Riksdag. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met representatives from the OSCE delegation and the delegation to the Council of Europe.

Photo: Riksdag Administration

Deputy Speakers meet Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs

Talmannen On 6 December, the Second Deputy Speaker Julia Kronlid and the Third Deputy Speaker Kerstin Lundgren received Nicu Popescu, the Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs and EU Integration. Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the OSCE delegation also participated in the meeting.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya visits the Riksdag

Talmannen Second Deputy Speaker Julia Kronlid received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus, for a meeting at the Riksdag. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met representatives from the OSCE delegation and the delegation to the Council of Europe.

Increased protection for consumers when paying invoices online

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal that the requirement for strong customer authentication for paying invoices online should be clarified and include invoice payments that constitute a payment service. 

The right to open and use payment accounts in more banks

Foreign banks with branches in Sweden shall be obliged to offer consumers a payment account with basic functions. This has been proposed by the Government, and the Riksdag has voted in favour of the proposal.

Amendments regarding copyright on the digital single market

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to amend the Act on Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works. The proposal is based on an EU directive and contains new rules in order to modify the Act on Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works in line with digital developments.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents visits the Riksdag

On 30 November, First Deputy Speaker Kenneth G Forslund (Social Democratic Party) received the European Parliament's Conference of Presidents under the leadership of President Roberta Metsola, in connection with their visit to the Riksdag.

More stringent procedures for assignment of coordination numbers

The Riksdag supports the proposal for a new law concerning coordination numbers as well as changes to the Population Registration Act and Population Registration Database Act. 

Increase in required level of means of support for labour migrants

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government’s proposal that labour migrants must have good means of supporting themselves through their employment in order to be granted a work permit. 

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly Photo: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Strong support for Ukraine and for Sweden's and Finland's accession to NATO at the NATO PA annual session in Madrid

Three members of the Swedish delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) participated in the Assembly’s 68th annual session in Madrid on 18–21 November.

Government decision to grant temporary protection to more categories of displaced persons in Sweden

The Government has informed the Riksdag by means of a written communication that is has amended the Aliens Ordinance. The amendment means that certain individuals who entered Sweden prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, will also be entitled to temporary protection in Sweden in accordance with the rules set out in the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive.

Amendments to the central government budget: the Government to be authorised to give defence material to Ukraine

The Riksdag has decided to give the Government the authority to give defence material to Ukraine during 2022 for a maximum value of SEK 3 007 800 000. This concerns air defence systems including qualified ammunition, armoured vehicles, personal equipment including winter kits and body protection, gun-laying equipment, tents and camouflage nets.