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People walking outside of the Riksdag building. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag during the summer

There will be interpellation debates in the Chamber on 25 August and 1 and 8 September during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. The new parliamentary session, 2016/17, will begin on 13 September. Until the opening of the parliamentary session, the members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities. During this time, they have the opportunity to address written questions to Government ministers. Guided tours of the Riksdag will be given in English on weekdays at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the summer.

The Speaker's statement on the murder of the British member of parliament Jo Cox

After the murder of the British member of parliament Jo Cox, the Speaker Urban Ahlin stated that this was also an attack on democracy: "The attack on the member of parliament Jo Cox is very sad news. It is also an attack on democracy and all those who work in the service of democracy. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are of course with the family and colleagues of Jo Cox", said Urban Ahlin.

Party leaders met in a debate

A debate between party leaders was held in the Riksdag on 15 June. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party) delivered the first speech. During the debate between party leaders, the 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 can be viewed on-demand via the Riksdag webcast service. The debate was interpreted into English.

Yes to memorandum of understanding with NATO on host nation support (UFöU4)

Sweden can inter into a memorandum of understanding with NATO. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The agreement should make it easier to make practical preparations, also known as host nation support, to enable foreign units to operate inside Swedish borders.

Talman Urban Ahlin och Georgiens inrikesminister Giorgi Mghebrishvili tar i hand. Foto: Riksdagsförvaltningen

Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs visits the Riksdag

The Speaker Urban Ahlin received the Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mghebrishvili when he visited the Riksdag on Tuesday. During their meeting, they discussed reform efforts in Georgia and the situation in their immediate neighbourhood. The Minister also had a meeting with the presiding officers of the Committee on Justice.