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COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink to be repealed

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to repeal the COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink on 31 March 2022.

Additional amending budget: Further measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Riksdag has voted in favour, with certain amendments, of proposals from the Government for further measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The period of deferral for tax payments for companies is to be extended and the waiting period of 24 months that applies for support in the case of short-time work is temporarily being removed.

Temporary measures to facilitate the implementation of annual general meetings to be reintroduced

The Government has proposed a new act enabling the temporary exceptions to facilitate the implementation of annual general meetings of limited companies and associations to be reintroduced for a limited period of time. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Additional amending budget: The Riksdag votes in favour of compensation within the sickness insurance system, support to companies and funding for testing and contact tracing

The Riksdag has voted in favour, in part, of proposals from the Government for further measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Riksdag also decided that more money is to be invested in culture, the media, religious communities and leisure activities in the central government than proposed by the Government. Furthermore, the Riksdag called on the Government to revise the criteria for support to organisers of events in order to enable quicker payment of the support and so that more organisers can receive support.

COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink are to continue to apply

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink should continue to apply until 31 May. At the same time, the Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to come back to the Riksdag with a proposal stating that the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink shall only apply until 31 March 2022.

Communication on the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink has been considered

The Riksdag has considered a written communication from the Government. It contains an account of the measures taken as a result of the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink.

VAT rules for certain purchases by EU bodies to be amended

EU bodies are to be able to make acquisitions that are exempt from value-added tax (VAT) of goods and services for the purpose of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Revised central government budget for 2021

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the central government budget for 2021. The proposal involves an increase in the central government budget of SEK 22.5 billion for 2021. The increased appropriations will go to such areas as Sweden's EU contribution and testing and contact tracing of COVID-19.

Compensation for injury caused by vaccination against COVID-19

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on central government compensation for injury caused by vaccination against COVID-19.

Amendments regarding review of short-time work support

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amended rules regarding review of short-time work support.

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Temporarily reduced tax for earned income for 2021 and 2022

The Government has proposed a temporary tax reduction for income earned in 2021 and 2022. The idea is to compensate those who have low to medium incomes for increased labour costs that may arise as a result of the pandemic.The new rules will come into force in 1 December 2021. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Tax reductions for investments in equipment during 2021

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal for a new, temporary act concerning tax reduction for investments in equipment made during 2021. The new act will apply from 1 January 2022 up to and including 2024.

The COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink are to continue to apply

The Act to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the COVID-19 Act and the Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink currently apply until the end of September 2021.

The police should be able to test people for COVID-19 following expulsion orders

The police should be authorised to give compulsory tests to people for COVID-19 if necessary in order to enforce an expulsion order. This is the opinion of the Riksdag and urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly investigate the issue.

Additional amending budget: Extended compensation in sickness insurance and support to companies, culture and sport as a result of corona

The Government has presented a number of proposed measures as a result of the corona pandemic. According to one of these proposals, the strengthened support for short-time work schemes is to be extended by three months, until September 2021. This amendment will come into force on 29 June 2021.

2020 central government annual report examined

The Riksdag has examined the Government's written communication on the 2020 central government annual report and the National Audit Office's report on its examination of the annual report. 2020 was characterised by the pandemic and the Government and the Riksdag implemented a large number of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and restrict its consequences. The outcome of expenses was SEK 150 billion higher than expected and the outcome of revenues SEK 118 billion less than expected.

Extended period of validity for certificates of professional competence

The Government wishes to be able to extend the period of validity for certificates of professional competence for professional drivers of heavy vehicles such as freight and passenger transport.

Yes to the Government’s Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and Amending Budget

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposed guidelines for economic policy in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill. The Riksdag has also voted in favour of proposals in this spring's amending budget regarding changes to state revenue and expenditure during 2021, and an extra amending budget containing reduced employers' social security contributions for young people for summer 2021.

Transparency in matters relating to support for short-time work

Secrecy will not apply to decisions on support to companies in the case of short-time work, decisions on repayment of such support or decisions on compensation for skills enhancement measures that companies that are granted support are entitled to. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal, which will give greater transparency for the public and the media in cases relating to short-time work.

Changing support for short-time work schemes

The Riksdag called on the Government by way of three announcements to act regarding support for short-time work schemes.