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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.

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.

The Act on Polygamy and Marriage between Related Persons to be tightened

Polygamous marriages and marriages between related persons legal in other countries are no longer to be recognised in Sweden, even in cases where the people in question did not have a connection to Sweden when they got married. The ban will also apply retroactively for older marriages, as long as they have not been registered in the population data base. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Improved support to companies in connection with corona

The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to take measures to improve support to companies affected by the consequences of the pandemic.

Temporary reduction of employers’ social security contributions for up to two employees

A temporary reduction of employers' social security contributions for up to two employees is to be introduced for growth companies. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. This measure is intended to strengthen the opportunity for companies to employ people during the corona pandemic.

The Government should present a proposal to extend the Benefit Offences Act

The Riksdag considers that the Benefit Offences Act should be extended to include central government support to companies. The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to get back to the Riksdag with such a proposal for an extended Benefit Offences Act.

Temporary reduction of employers’ social security contributions for up to two employees

A temporary reduction of employers' social security contributions for up to two employees is to be introduced for growth companies. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal. This measure is intended to strengthen the opportunity for companies to employ people during the corona pandemic.

Changed rules for internal control of aliens and travel documents for aliens

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the Aliens Act and the Personal Data of Aliens Act.

New rules to facilitate radio and TV broadcasts in the EEA

The Government has proposed legislative amendments in order to make it easier for radio and television companies to make their programmes available in other countries within the EEA. The Riksdag voted in favour of the proposal, which will result in the implementation of an EU directive in Swedish law.

The Act on Temporary Communicable Disease Control Measures at Venues Serving Food and Drink is to continue to apply

The Government has proposed that the Act on Temporary Communicable Disease Control Measures at Venues Serving Food and Drink should continue to apply until the end of September 2021. This is due to the continued high spread of COVID-19, the burden on health and medical care and the fact that the COVID-19 Act applies until the end of September 2021. The Act applies for a limited period of time and has already been extended once.

Armenian prisoners-of-war, Alexei Navalny and developments in Turkey among the issues discussed at the PACE spring session

On 19–22 April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE, held their spring session. The issues debated at the session included the need for a reform of the electoral system in Belarus, Armenian prisoners-of-war and the way democratic systems function in Turkey.

Better security for bank cards and other means of payment

The Criminal Code is to be amended to ensure greater protection for non-cash means of payment such as bank cards and Swish against fraud and counterfeiting. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Government must examine all potential opportunities in order to secure supply to COVID-19 vaccine

In the opinion of the Riksdag, the Government needs to examine all potential opportunities in order to secure supply to COVID-19 vaccine. The Government should also examine the possibilities of redistributing vaccine within the EU in order to give Sweden access to increased  and more rapid deliveries. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this.

EU proposal on binding measures for increased pay transparency has been examined

The European Commission has presented a proposal on increased pay transparency. The purpose is to secure the right to equal pay for women and men for work of equal value. The Riksdag has examined the legislative proposal, and considers that the right to equal pay cannot be guaranteed in all EU member states without common measures at EU level.

Compensation to risk groups should be extended until vaccination phase 3 has been completed

It should be possible to pay out sick pay as a preventive measure to risk groups until phase 3 of the vaccination plan against COVID-19 has been completed. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which therefore called on the Government to act by way of an announcement.

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Additional amending budget: money for companies, sick pay costs, culture and sport, and new support for events

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. The proposal means that central government expenditure for 2021 will increase by SEK 23.3 billion.