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The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2020/21 Riksdag session, will begin on 8 September. Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities until the opening of the Riksdag session. For example, they may address written questions to Government ministers. On 20 August, there will be interpellation debates in the Chamber during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. Provision will also be made for interpellation debates on 27 August and 3 September. During the summer, the Riksdag can be convened quickly if necessary to consider urgent matters. As a result of the corona pandemic, all guided tours and visits to the Riksdag and the Democracy Workshop are cancelled until further notice. The Riksdag Library will also remain closed.

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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.

Svenska FN-soldater i ett militärfordon vid fäjelägret längs Niger utanför Timbuktu, Mali Photo: Anton Thorstensson / Försvarsmakten

Yes to Swedish participation in military operation in Mali

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that Sweden contribute with an armed force in a multinational military operation in Mali.

Yes to increased protection for honour-related crime

Penalties are to be tightened for honour-related crime. Crimes for which the motive has been to preserve or re-establish honour are to be seen as an aggravating circumstance when assessing culpability. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

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.

Secret data interception to be permitted for serious offences

Technological developments have made it more difficult to obtain the necessary information to enable crimes to be investigated. For example, information is often encrypted and it is therefore not possible to access it with the methods that are available today. The Government therefore proposes that secrete data interception shall be permitted in cases where there are suspicions of serious crime. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Female doctor examines arm on boy. Photo: Maskot / TT

Revised central government budget for 2020

The Riksdag has approved revisions in the central government budget, according to which the municipalities and regions will receive an additional SEK 2.5 billion.

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Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 12 February. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy.

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New tax on plastic carrier bags

In order to reduce the amount of packaging and packaging waste, a new tax will be introduced on carrier bags made of plastic.

Nobel laureates visited the Riksdag

On Wednesday 11 December, three new Nobel laureates visited the former First Chamber of the Riksdag. The seminar was arranged by the Association of MPs and Researchers of the Swedish Parliament (RIFO), and the Speaker Andreas Norlén held the opening address.

Yes to criminal liability for association with terrorist organisations

A number of laws concerning terrorist crimes and other serious offences are to be amended. One of these is the introduction of particular criminal liability for a person who is associated with a terrorist organisation, provided the association is intended to promote, strengthen or support the organisation.

The Riksdag votes in favour of larger accessory dwelling units

As of 1 March, it will be possible to build accessory dwelling units with an area of up to 30 square metres without planning permission, instead of today's 25 square metres. An accessory dwelling unit is a free-standing dwelling belonging to a single- or two-family dwelling, for example an "attefallshus".

En klubba ligger på talmanspodiet i kammaren. Till höger står Sveriges rikes lagbok. Foto: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag has concluded its work on the 2020 central government budget

On 18 December, the Riksdag concluded this autumn's work on the 2020 budget. It has now been decided how the money is to be distributed among the budget's 27 expenditure areas.

Yes to amended rules on social security benefits in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The Government proposes certain amendments to the Act on social security benefits after the UK leaves the EU. The amendments will only apply if the UK leaves the EU without a valid withdrawal agreement in place.

Swedish participation in the mission in Iraq to be extended

Sweden will continue to participate in the current military training mission in Iraq in 2020. The Swedish forces are to consist of 70 people.

Sweden’s participation in the UN mission in Mali to continue

Sweden is to continue to participate in the existing UN mission in Mali. According to the proposal, Sweden will participate with an armed force consisting of a maxim of 470 persons until 31 December 2020. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan. Photo: Johan Lundahl/Försvarsmakten

Swedish participation in the 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 2020. The Swedish force on location in Afghanistan will consist of a maximum of 50 persons. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority will be able to take action against foreign credit institutions

The Government has proposed that the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority should have the right to take action against foreign credit institutions in the European Economic Area (EEA) operating from a branch in Sweden in cases of violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Yes to the expenditure limits and revenues in the Budget Bill

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the proposed expenditure limits and revenue estimates in the Government's Budget Bill for 2020. The Riksdag has also approved the legislative proposals concerning changes to tax regulations in the Budget Bill and has expressed its support for the central government expenditure ceiling.

Hands doing scientific research in a laboratorium Photo: Katja Kircher/TT

Clearer rules and tougher penalties for research that breaches the ethical rules

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal regarding clearer ethical rules for research relating to human beings.