Period of validity of drivers’ certificates of professional competence to be extended

In order to secure Sweden's transport needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will be possible to extend the period of validity of drivers' certificates of professional competence by six months. The reason is that the pandemic makes it difficult to implement the further training that the drivers need to complete at regular intervals in order to renew their certificates. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Temporary COVID-19 Act to enable more communicable disease control measures

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a temporary law and certain legislative amendments to enable more measures to be taken to counteract congestion and thus prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Riksdag Library is closed until further notice

The Riksdag Library in the Old Town in Stockholm is to remain closed to visitors until further notice as a result of the corona pandemic. It is not possible to borrow, reserve, order or return books as long as the library remains closed. Current loans will be extended automatically. Usually, the Riksdag Library is open to everyone.

Members of the Riksdag to monitor election in Kyrgyzstan

A presidential election will be held in Kyrgyzstan on 10 January. Four Swedish MPs are included in an international delegation to observe the election.

Riksdag summoned in order to consider pandemic act

The Riksdag has been summoned to convene in the first week of January in order to consider a provisional act to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – the “pandemic act”.

Commission of inquiry on the work of the Riksdag during the corona pandemic

On 16 December, the Riksdag Board decided to convene a cross-party committee to conduct a follow-up of the work of the Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration during the corona pandemic. The inquiry will be led by the former Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg and will report its findings by 30 September 2021 at the latest.

New pandemic diseases act required

A temporary law that makes it possible to implement more accurate measures is required in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which urges the Government by way of an announcement to promptly get back to the Riksdag with a proposal for a temporary law. 

Employers will have the possibility to receive compensation for certain competency measures

Beslut The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on an amendment to the Act on Support in the Event of Short-time Work which will mean that employers who are receiving support for providing short-time work and who are arranging competency measures will have the opportunity to receive compensation for such measures.

Temporary amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act to be extended

Beslut The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act. One of the effects of this will be that temporary legislative amendments on account of COVID-19 are to be extended until 1 January 2023.

Possibility for supplementary loans for students who have worked previously

The Riksdag has decided on an amendment to the Student Aid Act which will mean that in the event of extraordinary events in peace time the Government can decide that a higher amount than normal may be provided in the form of an extra loan to those who have worked previously.

Continued communicable disease control measures at restaurants and bars

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the period of validity of the act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink.

Vaccination against COVID-19 to be included in national vaccination register

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that the Act on the register of national vaccination programmes should also include vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the proposal, the care provider responsible for the COVID-19 vaccination shall also provide information about the dose number of the vaccination to the register.

Debate on EU policy at the Riksdag on 20 January

Following consultations with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided that a debate between on EU policy shall be held at the Riksdag on 20 January. The planned debate between party leaders on EU policy that was due to take place on 18 November was cancelled on account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden.

Continued possibility for companies and organisations to hold annual general meetings remotely in 2021

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the provisional law that makes it possible for companies and organisations to hold their annual general meetings without physical participation.

SEK 31 billion more to municipalities, regions and other areas this year

The Riksdag voted in favour of amendments to the central government budget. The amendments will mean that central government expenditure will increase by SEK 31 billion this year.

The work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up

The Riksdag considers that the work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up, and urges the Riksdag Board by way of an announcement to initiate a follow-up.

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.

Additional amending budget: Extended period of compensation for people belonging to high-risk groups

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a further additional amending budget in order to mitigate the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. 

Adapted licence requirements for occupational pension funds

An occupational pension fund is an association that manages its members' occupational pensions. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk that some funds will be unable to meet the capital requirements that are necessary to be able to continue to conduct their activities as occupational pension companies.

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.