Debate between party leaders 13 January

A debate between party leaders will be held at the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag will have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue.

The wall at the visitors’ entrance of the Riksdag with an inscription. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The unicameral Riksdag 50 years

The new unicameral Riksdag held its first meeting on 11 January 1971. A process that had continued for several decades finally led to the bicameral Riksdag – which had been introduced with the representational reforms of 1866 – being replaced by a single-chamber parliament.

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.

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.

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.

EU proposal on minimum wages a threat to the Swedish model

The European Commission has drawn up a proposal for an EU law containing a framework for minimum wages in the EU. The Riksdag has examined the legislative proposal in accordance with the requirements of the principle of subsidiarity, which state that the EU shall legislate in a particular matter if the objectives of the proposed measure cannot be achieved as well by the member states themselves. The Riksdag considers that the Commission's proposal conflicts with the principle of subsidiarity and intends to make comments in a reasoned opinion to the EU's decision-making institutions.

Sweden should be in favour of having a “NATO option”

Sweden should, like Finland, express that it is in favour of having a NATO option in order to strengthen security and defence policy cooperation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this. The NATO option means, among other things, that Sweden maintains the option to seek membership in the NATO defence alliance.

Yes to the Government’s proposal on total defence during 2021–2025

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal, among other things, on an overall objective for total defence. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry with the task of submitting proposals on what form modern civil defence should take.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Riksdag’s democratic development cooperation with North Macedonia has begun

Gender equality and the importance of opposition are examples of themes for the Riksdag's newly started democratic development cooperation with the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. This was agreed upon when the parliaments of the two countries held their first digital meeting on 7 December. The cooperation is planned to continue for two to three years with the possibility of an extension and is headed by a steering group consisting of representatives of all the parties of the Riksdag.

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.

Sweden's participation in the UN mission in Mali to be extended

Sweden's participation in the ongoing UN mission in Mali is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Sweden's participation in the military mission in Iraq to be extended

Sweden's participation in the ongoing military training mission in Iraq is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Sweden's participation in military mission in Afghanistan to be extended

Sweden's participation in NATO's training and advice mission, RSM, in Afghanistan is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Reduced tax on incomes and extended period of expert tax

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the period for "expert tax" from three to five years. Expert tax is a form of tax relief applying to experts, researchers and other key persons working on a temporary basis 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.