The Government should actively work for a broadening of EU legislation on restrictive measures, sanctions, against serious violations of and offences against human rights to include large-scale and systematic corruption and money laundering. Furthermore, the Government should prepare national sanctions legislation for human rights, similar to the EU legislation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government to act on this by way of two announcements.
The announcements are a consequence of the Riksdag approving a number of private members' motions in connection with its consideration of the annual communication from the Government on its work in the European Union (the EU) during the past year. The Riksdag otherwise rejected some 180 other proposals in private members' motions regarding EU cooperation, and put the Government communication on file, that is, it closed the matter.
The Riksdag notes that the COVID-19 pandemic in itself has put a strain on EU cooperation and that it has also involved new aspects in the, already, complex political challenges that the EU needs to deal with. These include growing climate change, security policy tensions in the EU's neighbourhood, terrorism and cross-border organised crime, international migration and increased social and economic divides, both in the EU and globally.
The Riksdag still considers that the EU is the best tool for dealing with these cross-border challenges and for guaranteeing peace, democracy, security and economic growth. A strong, unified EU is, in the opinion of the Riksdag, crucial in an unstable international climate, and Sweden's EU membership gives Sweden greater opportunities to shape policies at the European and global levels. The Riksdag also stresses the importance of guaranteeing respect for the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, gender equality and the rule of law, upon which EU cooperation is based.