Debate on EU policy on 20 January

A debate on EU policy will take place at the Riksdag on Wednesday 20 January. The Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren (Social Democratic Party) will open the debate with a presentation of the Government's priorities in its work with EU matters. The other parties represented in the Riksdag will decide themselves who is to participate in the debate.

Debate between party leaders 13 January

A debate between party leaders will be held at the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag will have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue.

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.

Temporary COVID-19 Act to enable more communicable disease control measures

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a temporary law and certain legislative amendments to enable more measures to be taken to counteract congestion and thus prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the Riksdag to monitor election in Kyrgyzstan

A presidential election will be held in Kyrgyzstan on 10 January. Four Swedish MPs are included in an international delegation to observe the election.

Commission of inquiry on the work of the Riksdag during the corona pandemic

On 16 December, the Riksdag Board decided to convene a cross-party committee to conduct a follow-up of the work of the Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration during the corona pandemic. The inquiry will be led by the former Speaker of the Riksdag Per Westerberg and will report its findings by 30 September 2021 at the latest.

EU proposal on minimum wages a threat to the Swedish model

The European Commission has drawn up a proposal for an EU law containing a framework for minimum wages in the EU. The Riksdag has examined the legislative proposal in accordance with the requirements of the principle of subsidiarity, which state that the EU shall legislate in a particular matter if the objectives of the proposed measure cannot be achieved as well by the member states themselves. The Riksdag considers that the Commission's proposal conflicts with the principle of subsidiarity and intends to make comments in a reasoned opinion to the EU's decision-making institutions.

Sweden should be in favour of having a “NATO option”

Sweden should, like Finland, express that it is in favour of having a NATO option in order to strengthen security and defence policy cooperation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this. The NATO option means, among other things, that Sweden maintains the option to seek membership in the NATO defence alliance.

Yes to the Government’s proposal on total defence during 2021–2025

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal, among other things, on an overall objective for total defence. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry with the task of submitting proposals on what form modern civil defence should take.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Riksdag’s democratic development cooperation with North Macedonia has begun

Gender equality and the importance of opposition are examples of themes for the Riksdag's newly started democratic development cooperation with the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. This was agreed upon when the parliaments of the two countries held their first digital meeting on 7 December. The cooperation is planned to continue for two to three years with the possibility of an extension and is headed by a steering group consisting of representatives of all the parties of the Riksdag.

Sweden's participation in the UN mission in Mali to be extended

Sweden's participation in the ongoing UN mission in Mali is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Sweden's participation in the military mission in Iraq to be extended

Sweden's participation in the ongoing military training mission in Iraq is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Sweden's participation in military 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 2021.

Reduced tax on incomes and extended period of expert tax

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the period for "expert tax" from three to five years. Expert tax is a form of tax relief applying to experts, researchers and other key persons working on a temporary basis in Sweden.

KU:s pressträff 26 november 2020 i Andrakammarsalen. Hans Ekström (S) och ordförande Karin Enström (M). Foto: Melker Dahlstrand

The Committee on the Constitution has completed its scrutiny of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has completed its annual scrutiny of the Government. In total, the Committee on the Constitution has examined 30 reports from members of the Riksdag as well as a number of other questions that the Committee has taken up on its own initiative. The Committee has identified deficiencies in 12 of the examined matters.

Yes to the expenditure limits and revenues in the Budget Bill

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the expenditure limits and revenue estimates in the Government's Budget Bill for 2021. The Riksdag has also voted mainly in favour of the legislative proposals concerning changes to tax regulations in the Budget Bill and has voted in favour of the central government expenditure ceiling.

Increased opportunities to convert unpaid fines into imprisonment

Fines may be converted into imprisonment if it has not been possible to collect them on account of defiance on the part of the recipient of the fine. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Debate between party leaders on EU policy

A debate between party leaders on EU policy will take place at the Riksdag on Wednesday 18 November. The debate will be broadcast via the Riksdag webcast service and will be based on the Statement of Government EU Policy, which sets out the Government's priorities for its forthcoming work with EU matters.

Supplementary rules on the rights of British citizens in Sweden

In response to Brexit - the UK's withdrawal from the European Union - the Riksdag has voted in favour of new rules that will apply to certain British citizens who live and work in Sweden.

Hired staff are to pay tax in Sweden

Individuals working temporarily as hired staff in Sweden are to pay tax here. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.