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. 

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 Speaker meets ambassadors of EU member states

On 25 March, the Speaker Andreas Norlén met the ambassadors from the EU member states and candidate countries for a discussion on the Riksdag’s work with EU matters and how the Riksdag is working in the current pandemic, together with other current issues.

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.

Gender equality work is led by the First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), right, and Second Deputy Speaker Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), left. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Work for increased gender equality in the Riksdag continues

The Riksdag Board's gender equality working group is taking measures to increase knowledge and awareness of the significance of gender when it comes to power and influence. On 8 March, a seminar was held for members of the Riksdag on the subject of threats and hate on social media.

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.

Svetlana Tichanovskaja, Belarus, besökte riksdagen 18 november 2020. Här på Rikplan med talman Andreas Norlén. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Speaker receives Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The Speaker Andreas Norlén received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus, for meetings at the Riksdag on 18 November. The Speaker hosted a lunch and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met members of the Riksdag from various political parties.

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.

New provisions on dental care subsidies on account of COVID-19

The Government will be able to make exceptions to the rules on dental care subsidies in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, or in connection with other extraordinary events in peace time. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

Amended transitional provisions for medical technology products

Transitional provisions are to be amended pending the entry into force of new EU rules within the area of medical technology. The Government's proposal means that transitional provisions pertaining to such things as the Act concerning Medical Technology Products will be amended so that older provisions will continue to apply until 25 May 2021.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view of foreign policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

This year’s first debate between party leaders

The first party leader debate of the year took place on Wednesday 30 January at 9 a.m. During the debate, representatives from the parties in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into sign language and English. It can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) läser upp regeringsförklaringen i kammaren. Vid sidan om honom sitter talmannen och de vice talmännen Photo: Anders Löwdin

Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has presented the Statement of Government Policy

Today, on 21 January, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) has presented the Statement of Government Policy to the Riksdag. The Statement sets out the objectives of the Government's policies for the coming year. The presentation of the Statement can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.