Additional amending budget: Sickness insurance system to be made more flexible for certain people on long-term sick leave

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a further additional amending budget in order to mitigate the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of the decision, the sickness insurance system will become more flexible than it is today for certain people on long-term sick leave.

Language training required for right to income support

A "language duty" is to be introduced, which means that an individual must, if necessary, participate in Swedish for Immigrants (sfi) training in order to be considered available for employment. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposed legislative amendment.

Yes to extension of state support through reduced energy tax

The Government has proposed that companies experiencing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic should continue – for a limited period – to receive support under the Energy Tax Act. This has been made possible by amendments to EU rules on state support in response to the pandemic.

Cars in lanes Photo: Tomas Oneborg / TT

Higher vehicle tax for new petrol and diesel vehicles

The tax is to be raised during the first three years for new cars, light-duty buses and lorries fuelled by petrol and diesel. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal which is intended to strengthen the bonus-malus system and increase the proportion of vehicles with lower carbon dioxide emissions in new car sales.

The Riksdag would like to see continued tax exemption for the benefits free parking and gifts to employees

Since the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on, tax and charge exemption for the benefits of free parking and gifts to employees should be reinstated. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which calls on the Government to act by way of an announcement.

No to motions on the COVID-19 pandemic

The Riksdag rejected approx. 120 proposals in motions from the general private members' motions period 2020. The main reason for this is that work is already in progress in this area.

Additional amending budget: Money towards rent costs, the self-employed and quick testing

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in an additional amending budget for 2021 in order to alleviate the effects of the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, central government expenditure will increase by SEK 12.4 billion in 2021.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign Policy Debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 24 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. 

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate will be held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 24 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde (Social Democratic Party) will introduce the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The foreign policy debate takes place once a year and is divided into two parts. In the first part, one representative from each party participates. In the second half of the debate, the members who would like to speak are given the opportunity to take the floor. The first part of the debate is interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service. Statement of Government Foreign Policy(pdf, 162 kB)

Period of validity for exploration permits extended

Beslut An exploration permit under the Minerals Act grants the permit holder the exclusive right to map the characteristics of bedrock. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the Minerals Act. The purpose for this is to make it easier for prospecting companies who risk being badly hit by the effects of the corona pandemic.

Digital seminar Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) Foto: Riksdagsförvaltningen

BSPC holds seminar on democracy, disinformation and press freedom

At the initiative of Swedish Delegation to the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC), a seminar was held on the theme of Democracy in a Changing Media Landscape. 60 people from national and regional parliaments from around the Baltic Sea participated in the seminar. Issues such as disinformation, fake news and the freedom of the press were on the agenda.

Additional amending budget: Improved support to companies and reduced employers’ social security contribution for young people

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a further additional amending budget for 2021 on account of the continued spread of COVID-19. Central government expenditure for 2021 will thus increase by SEK 18.6 billion, mainly due to increased economic assistance to companies.

Additional amending budget: New and extended support to companies and more money for testing and vaccinations

The Government has proposed further measures in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus. The Riksdag voted in favour of the proposal which includes new and extended support to companies and more money for testing and vaccinations.

Independent courts and the arrest of Alexei Navalny on the agenda at the PACE winter session

On 25–28 January, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE, held their winter session. The session included debates on issues such as ethical, legal and practical considerations in connection with vaccinations against COVID-19, the arrest of Alexei Navalny in Russia and the importance of politically independent judges in the courts of member states. The Riksdag delegation consisting of 12 MPs participated in the winter session.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 Photo: Anders Löwdin

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Wednesday 27 January 2021 THE SPEAKER On Holocaust Remembrance Day 27 January this year, a digital ceremony was arranged, recorded at the Riksdag. The Riksdag network Remembrance of the Holocaust organised the event.

The Government should review crisis support for companies

On account of the corona pandemic, during 2020 the Riksdag decided on a number of forms of crisis support in order to save jobs and to enable healthy companies to make it through the pandemic. Now, the Riksdag believes that this crisis support needs to be adjusted to enable it to reach its intended recipients to a greater extent. The Riksdag therefore called on the Government by way of two announcements to act as follows.

Banning orders will strengthen the protection of retail stores against crime and harassment

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal regarding a new act on banning orders for retail stores. According to the proposal, it shall be possible, under special circumstances, to ban a person from entering a retail store if there is a risk that the person will commit an offence or seriously harass someone in the store.

No to the Government's proposal on the Amending Directive to the EU Firearms Directive

The Riksdag voted against the Government's proposal on the incorporation of the Amending Directive to the EU's Firearms Directive into Swedish law.

Light projected onto the main façade of the Riksdag building facing Norrbro Photo: Riksdagsförvaltningen

The Riksdag to celebrate democracy with a light show

On Tuesday 26 January it will be exactly one hundred years since the Swedish Parliament took the second and final decision to introduce universal and equal suffrage. One of the ways in which this will be celebrated will be with a light show projected onto the main façade of the Riksdag building facing Norrbro.

Period of validity of drivers’ certificates of professional competence to be extended

In order to secure Sweden's transport needs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it will be possible to extend the period of validity of drivers' certificates of professional competence by six months. The reason is that the pandemic makes it difficult to implement the further training that the drivers need to complete at regular intervals in order to renew their certificates. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.