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Talman Andreas Norlén tog emot Österrikes talman den 13 september 2021. De är på väg ut ur kammaren där även pressen är. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Official visit by the President of the National Council of Austria

On 13–15 September, the President of the National Council – the lower chamber – of the Austrian Parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, made an official visit to Sweden and the Riksdag.

Partiledardebatt 15 sep 2021. Statsminister Stefan Löfven (S) i talarstolen Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

First debate between party leaders of the parliamentary year

On Wednesday 15 September, the first debate between party leaders of the parliamentary year was held. During the debate, the party leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into English and can be watched on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

Livgardet står uppställda vid Riksplan framför Riksdagshuset östra Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag session 2021 has begun

The opening of the Riksdag session on 14 September marked the start of the new parliamentary working year. One of the themes of this year's opening was that it is 100 years since women were able to vote on the same terms as men for the first time. 

The Riksdag's work procedures this autumn

The Speaker and the party group leaders have reached a new agreement this week regarding the Riksdag's work procedures during the autumn. The party group leaders have also decided not to extend the agreement that just 55 members of the Riksdag should be present at votes in the Chamber. After the opening of the Riksdag session, a return to normal procedures for the work of the Riksdag will commence.

President of Germany visits the Riksdag

On September 7th, the Speaker Andreas Norlén  received Germany's Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in connection with a state visit to Sweden. The theme of the state visit is innovation, sustainability and democracy. During his visit to the Riksdag, Federal President Steinmeier delivered a speech on the theme "Innovation and Partnership: Europe´s Path into the Future".

To the editorial office: Heavily limited number of places for the press at the opening of the Riksdag session on 14 September – application required

Journalists and photographers wishing to work in the Riksdag premises during the opening of the Riksdag session will require media accreditation to the Riksdag. Please note that you will need to apply in advance if you require a photo position or a seat in the press gallery. The number of seats is heavily limited on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Riksdagshuset med grönskande träd framför. Foto: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2021/22 Riksdag session, will begin on 14 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. Several of the parliamentary committees will be holding meetings in August. Provision will be made for interpellation debates in the Chamber on 2 September and 9 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 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.

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.

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.

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.