The debate between party leaders on EU policy at the Riksdag on Wednesday has been cancelled

Press On account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden, the Speaker and the party group leaders have discussed whether it is appropriate to hold Wednesday's debate between party leaders on EU policy as planned. Following his consultation with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided to cancel the debate between party leaders on EU policy.

More stringent measures concerning the work of the Riksdag

In October and November 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has, in consultation with the regional communicable disease control consultants, taken decisions to introduce more stringent general recommendations in several Swedish regions, including Stockholm. The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have therefore made several of the measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic more stringent. Other measures remain unchanged.

Certain Riksdag activities to be open to the public

Some of the Riksdag's activities that have been closed to the public since the spring are now to become completely or partially available once more. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of the corona virus, the Riksdag will continue to take measures, such as for example limiting opening hours and the number of visitors.

The pandemic affects the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The ongoing pandemic will continue to affect the work of the Riksdag during the autumn, with just 55 members of the Riksdag present during votes, although all 349 members continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were during the spring.

The effects of the pandemic on the opening of the Riksdag session and the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The current pandemic will affect the form of the opening of the Riksdag session in the Chamber and the other two meetings of the Chamber which are due to take place on the same day. The work of the Riksdag during the autumn will also continue to be affected, though all 349 members will continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were in the spring.

The Committee on the Constitution examines the Government's handling of the corona crisis

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed that the focus of its examination of the Government's handling of the corona crisis will be on how government power has been exercised from a broader, constitutional, perspective.

The Speaker at the memorial ceremony Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Memorial ceremony in the Riksdag for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic

A memorial ceremony for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic took place in the Riksdag on Wednesday 17 June.

Opening of the 2019 Riksdag session Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, which marks the start of the new parliamentary year, will take place on 8 September. As a result of the corona pandemic, there will be a restricted number of people attending the ceremony in the Chamber of the Riksdag this year.

The Committee on the Constitution resumes its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has decided today that it will resume its examination of the Government this autumn. A decision concerning hearings will be taken after the opening of the Riksdag session on 8 September.

Extension of party group leaders’ agreement on Riksdag work procedures during the corona crisis

The party group leaders' agreement on the work of the Riksdag during the corona crisis has been further extended until 7 September. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the Riksdag can fulfil its tasks even though a large number of members of the Riksdag cannot participate in Riksdag work.

The Committee on the Constitution postpones its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed to table its examination of the Government until further notice. The Committee will therefore not be holding any hearings as part of its examination during the spring.

Party group leaders change work procedures in the Chamber on account of the coronavirus

The group leaders of the parties represented in the Riksdag have agreed to change work procedures so that just 55 members of the Riksdag will participate in votes in the Chamber.

The Riksdag Library closed until further notice

The Riksdag Library is to close from 3 p.m. on Wednesday 18 March onwards due to the coronavirus.

Guided tours, events and meetings in the Riksdag cancelled until further notice

The Riksdag is currently taking several measures on account of the coronavirus. Until further notice the Riksdag Administration is cancelling guided tours, events, certain meetings, study visits and visits to the Democracy Workshop.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view of foreign policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and 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 was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

This year’s first debate between party leaders

The first party leader debate of the year took place on Wednesday 30 January at 9 a.m. During the debate, representatives from the parties in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into sign language and English. It can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.