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Latvian President visits the Riksdag

On 21 June, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received Egils Levits, the President of Latvia, during his official visit to Sweden. Photo: Anders Löwdin

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.

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.

Rules on parenthood to be modernised

The rules for the acknowledgement of parenthood, paternity investigations and for achieving a gender-neutral parenting presumption are to be modernised. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The mixing of fossil-free fuel into petrol and diesel to increase

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, reduction levels for petrol and diesel will be gradually increased up to and including 2030. This means that fuel suppliers will increase the mixing of renewable or other fossil-free fuels into petrol and diesel. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals, with certain minor amendments.

The Riksdag calls for declaration of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party)

On Monday 21 June, the Riksdag voted in favour of the Sweden Democrats' call for a declaration of no confidence in the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). 181 members voted yes to the declaration of no confidence, 109 members voted no and 51 members abstained. 8 members were absent.

Members of the Riksdag call for vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party)

On 17 June, 36 members of the Sweden Democrats requested that the Riksdag hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party). The vote will be held on Monday 21 June at 10 a.m.

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.

The Government should look into international adoptions as soon as possible

The Government should as soon as possible look into how Swedish authorities and adoption organisations have processed international adoptions to Sweden from countries such as Chile from the middle of the 20th century up to the present day. The Riksdag urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this.

No to amendments to the regulatory framework on upper secondary level studies

The Riksdag has rejected the Government's proposal on amendments to what is commonly known as the "regulatory framework on upper secondary level studies".

Government urged to introduce sanctions for human rights

The Government should actively work for a broadening of EU legislation on restrictive measures, sanctions, against serious violations of and offences against human rights to include large-scale and systematic corruption and money laundering. Furthermore, the Government should prepare national sanctions legislation for human rights, similar to the EU legislation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government to act on this by way of two announcements.

Preventive measures to be introduced against domestic violence

Several legislative amendments are to be made with the aim of preventing domestic violence. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. For example, the social services and health and medical care services will, under certain conditions, be able to submit information to the Police Authority with the purpose of preventing a serious offence involving violence, violation of a woman's integrity or a sexual offence from being committed.

Better opportunities to investigate the sinking of the MS Estonia

Diving and other underwater activities may be permitted with the purpose of investigating the causes for the sinking of the passenger ferry MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea in September 1994. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to enable continued investigations in the protected maritime grave area.

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.