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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.

Improved support to companies in connection with corona

The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to take measures to improve support to companies affected by the consequences of the pandemic.

Temporary reduction of employers’ social security contributions for up to two employees

A temporary reduction of employers' social security contributions for up to two employees is to be introduced for growth companies. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. This measure is intended to strengthen the opportunity for companies to employ people during the corona pandemic.

The Government should present a proposal to extend the Benefit Offences Act

The Riksdag considers that the Benefit Offences Act should be extended to include central government support to companies. The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to get back to the Riksdag with such a proposal for an extended Benefit Offences Act.

Temporary reduction of employers’ social security contributions for up to two employees

A temporary reduction of employers' social security contributions for up to two employees is to be introduced for growth companies. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. This measure is intended to strengthen the opportunity for companies to employ people during the corona pandemic.

The Act on Temporary Communicable Disease Control Measures at Venues Serving Food and Drink is to continue to apply

The Government has proposed that the Act on Temporary Communicable Disease Control Measures at Venues Serving Food and Drink should continue to apply until the end of September 2021. This is due to the continued high spread of COVID-19, the burden on health and medical care and the fact that the COVID-19 Act applies until the end of September 2021. The Act applies for a limited period of time and has already been extended once.

The Government must examine all potential opportunities in order to secure supply to COVID-19 vaccine

In the opinion of the Riksdag, the Government needs to examine all potential opportunities in order to secure supply to COVID-19 vaccine. The Government should also examine the possibilities of redistributing vaccine within the EU in order to give Sweden access to increased  and more rapid deliveries. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this.

Compensation to risk groups should be extended until vaccination phase 3 has been completed

It should be possible to pay out sick pay as a preventive measure to risk groups until phase 3 of the vaccination plan against COVID-19 has been completed. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which therefore called on the Government to act by way of an announcement.

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Additional amending budget: money for companies, sick pay costs, culture and sport, and new support for events

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. The proposal means that central government expenditure for 2021 will increase by SEK 23.3 billion.

Amendment to the Redeployment Support Act

The Riksdag voted in favour of a minor amendment to the Redeployment Support Act. The Government has prolonged the redeployment support to entrepreneurs through amendments to the ordinances regulating this support on several occasions. The legislative amendment is an adaptation to these amendments, and means that entrepreneurs will not need to provide irrelevant information in their applications.

Support to the elderly care services as a result of amendments to the central government budget

The Riksdag has adopted amendments to the central government budget for 2021 in order to give increased support to the elderly care services. Central government expenditure will increase by approximately SEK 4.3 billion in 2021.

The system for the EU’s own resources from 2021 onwards approved

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to approve the amended rules for the EU’s own resources from 2021 onwards, as decided by the Council of Ministers. The new rules are to apply retroactively from 1 January 2021. All the member states of the EU have to approve the Council's decision to enable it to come into effect.

Orienteers run across a grass field towards the target area with spectators and flags. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Additional amending budget: extended financial support to companies and a new guarantee support to culture and sport

The Riksdag partially voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. These include an extension of financial support to companies as well as an extended borrowing limit to the Public Health Agency of Sweden to enable it to enter into further vaccine agreements. The Riksdag called on the Government to get back to the Riksdag with a proposal concerning guarantee support for culture and sport.

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The Government should review the travel guarantee

The Government should review the current travel guarantee system to ensure greater economic protection for travellers. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which has called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry on the matter.