EU-parlamentet i Strasbourg Photo: Kristofer Sandberg / TT

Activities in the EU in 2019

The Riksdag has considered the annual government communication on work in the European Union (EU). The communication covers all of the EU's activities during 2019. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to seek, together with other EU member states, to bring about EU legislation imposing sanctions for human rights.

The Government should review rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes

The Riksdag is calling upon the Government, by way of an announcement, to take the initiative to review the rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes. The Riksdag is also directing an announcement to the Government urging that it get back to the Riksdag with a proposal for more stringent legislation against foreign polygamous marriages.

Exceptions from the requirement to have a building permit in the case of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society

The Government will be able to allow exceptions to the requirements of the Planning and Building Act (PBL) in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, such as COVID-19. The purpose of the exception is for example to get field hospitals and testing tents in place if regular hospital premises are not sufficient. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Speaker Andreas Norlén with the Swedish delegation to the Barents Parliamentary Conference 2019 consisting of Pyry Niemi (SocDem), Thomas Morell (SweDem), Mattias Karlsson (Mod), Birger Lahti (Lft) and Ann-Britt Åsebol (Mod) Photo: Pär Bäckström

The Riksdag hosts ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda

On 16–18 September, Nordic and Russian members of parliament met for the ninth Barents Parliamentary Conference in Haparanda.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Speaker receives the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament

On 9 September, the Speaker Andreas Norlén received the Speaker of the Eduskunta – the Finnish Parliament, Matti Vanhanen, during his official visit to Sweden.

Foto: Anders Löwdin

Seminar with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

On 12 December, the Swedish Parliament held a seminar with Doctor Denis Mukwege, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. The seminar can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service.

Foto: Anders Löwdin

The Speaker welcomes Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Medicine to a seminar at the Riksdag

On Tuesday 11 December, the Speaker Andreas Norlén held an opening speech to welcome Frances Arnold, this year's Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Tasuku Honjo, this year's Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, to a seminar at the Riksdag.

Photo: The Riksdag Administration

IPU meeting with a focus on reduced inequalities

The Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU's) 136th Assembly took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 1–5 April. The Speaker Urban Ahlin led a Riksdag delegation to the meeting which gathered parliamentarians and Speakers from 126 countries.