The spread of the new coronavirus has led to reduced sales of winter fuel, and this has led to a shortage of space in fuel depots. The Government would like to postpone the transition to summer fuel so that the fuel suppliers have more time to replace their stocks of winter fuel with summer fuel.
The purpose is to prevent a shortage of fuel in Sweden in the summer, since it is not permitted to sell winter fuel then. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.
Under the current provision, the summer period will begin on 1 May in southern Sweden and on 16 May in northern Sweden. The decision means that the start of the period will be postponed until 1 June. The current provisions will then be reintroduced after the turn of the year.
The new provisions will come into force on 1 May 2020 and 1 January 2021.