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Talman Andreas Norlén tog emot Litauens president Gitanas Nausèda i riksdagen den 16 juni 2021. Här signerar Nausèda gästboken. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Official visit by Lithuania’s President

On 16 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received Lithuania's President Gitanas Nausèda at the Riksdag.

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.

Airplane against an evening sky Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/ NTB scanpix/TT

The Government urged to consider the future of Bromma and Arlanda Airports

A decision on the future of Bromma Airport can be taken at the earliest once the aviation sector has recovered after the corona pandemic and it is possible to make reliable forecasts. Furthermore, the Government should get back to the Riksdag by December 2021 at the latest with a plan for the development of Arlanda Airport in order to ensure that there is sufficient flight capacity in the Stockholm area. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which is now calling on the Government by way of an announcement to act on this.

Sweden’s taxation agreements with Portugal and with Greece to be terminated

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to terminate Sweden's taxation agreements with Portugal and Greece. In the case of Portugal, the reason for terminating the agreement is that the country has not yet introduced the amended provisions that the two countries had agreed on. In the case of Greece, the reason for terminating the agreement is to fight tax evasion and the fact that other parts of the agreement are deficient.

A flag-raising ceremony at Riksplan Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The Riksdag commemorates Veterans Day with a flag-raising ceremony

The Riksdag commemorates Veterans Day on 29 May with a flag-raising ceremony at Riksplan. The Speaker Andreas Norlén held a speech at the ceremony.

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.

Yes to temporary selection rules for admission to higher education

It will be possible for the Government to temporarily change the selection rules for admission to universities and university colleges in the event of extraordinary circumstances in peacetime, for example during the corona pandemic. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which has now voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

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.

Talman Andreas Norlén var värd för seminarium om vetenskapens roll för parlamentariskt beslutsfattande den 8 april 2021. På skärm nobelpristagarna Emmanuelle Charpentier och Reinhard Genzel. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The role of science in parliamentary decision-making

On 8 April, the Speaker Andreas Norlén hosted a seminar on the role of science in parliamentary decision-making. The seminar took the form of a dialogue between members of the Riksdag, Göran K. Hansson, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel laureates Emmanuelle Charpentier and Reinhard Genzel.