The Committee on the Constitution’s hearings on scrutiny matters on 20, 22 and 26 April

The Committee on the Constitution will be holding hearings on 20, 22 and 26 April relating to the Committee's scrutiny, among other things, of the Government's actions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The scrutiny is based on reports from members of the Riksdag to the Committee on the Constitution and on committee initiatives. Several ministers will be heard, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (Social Democratic Party).

Amendment to the Redeployment Support Act

The Riksdag voted in favour of a minor amendment to the Redeployment Support Act. The Government has prolonged the redeployment support to entrepreneurs through amendments to the ordinances regulating this support on several occasions. The legislative amendment is an adaptation to these amendments, and means that entrepreneurs will not need to provide irrelevant information in their applications.

Talman Andreas Norlén var värd för seminarium om vetenskapens roll för parlamentariskt beslutsfattande den 8 april 2021. På skärm nobelpristagarna Emmanuelle Charpentier och Reinhard Genzel. Photo: Anders Löwdin

The role of science in parliamentary decision-making

On 8 April, the Speaker Andreas Norlén hosted a seminar on the role of science in parliamentary decision-making. The seminar took the form of a dialogue between members of the Riksdag, Göran K. Hansson, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel laureates Emmanuelle Charpentier and Reinhard Genzel. 

Support to the elderly care services as a result of amendments to the central government budget

The Riksdag has adopted amendments to the central government budget for 2021 in order to give increased support to the elderly care services. Central government expenditure will increase by approximately SEK 4.3 billion in 2021.

The Committee on the Constitution’s hearings on scrutiny matters on 9, 12 and 13 April

The Committee on the Constitution will be holding hearings on 9, 12 and 13 April relating to the Committee's scrutiny, among other things, of the Government's actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scrutiny is based on reports from members of the Riksdag to the Committee on the Constitution and on committee initiatives. Several government ministers will be heard, including Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (Social Democratic Party). Further hearings relating to the Committee's scrutiny will be held later in April.

The Speaker meets ambassadors of EU member states

On 25 March, the Speaker Andreas Norlén met the ambassadors from the EU member states and candidate countries for a discussion on the Riksdag’s work with EU matters and how the Riksdag is working in the current pandemic, together with other current issues.

The system for the EU’s own resources from 2021 onwards approved

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to approve the amended rules for the EU’s own resources from 2021 onwards, as decided by the Council of Ministers. The new rules are to apply retroactively from 1 January 2021. All the member states of the EU have to approve the Council's decision to enable it to come into effect.

Orienteers run across a grass field towards the target area with spectators and flags. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Additional amending budget: extended financial support to companies and a new guarantee support to culture and sport

The Riksdag partially voted in favour of the Government's proposal on further measures in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. These include an extension of financial support to companies as well as an extended borrowing limit to the Public Health Agency of Sweden to enable it to enter into further vaccine agreements. The Riksdag called on the Government to get back to the Riksdag with a proposal concerning guarantee support for culture and sport.

The Government should present concrete proposals for simpler permit processes in the mining industry

The Riksdag would like to see simpler permit processes and shorter processing times for the mining and minerals industry and it has therefore called on the Government to act on this by way of an announcement.

Photo: Tove Eriksson/TT

The Government should review the travel guarantee

The Government should review the current travel guarantee system to ensure greater economic protection for travellers. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which has called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry on the matter.

Sweden introduces safe country of origin regulations

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government’s proposal to incorporate safe country of origin regulations in the Swedish Aliens Act. The regulations mean, among other things, that the Swedish Migration Agency will be able to consider an asylum application to be manifestly unfounded if the asylum seeker comes from a country included in a list of safe countries of origin.

Gender equality work is led by the First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), right, and Second Deputy Speaker Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), left. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Work for increased gender equality in the Riksdag continues

The Riksdag Board's gender equality working group is taking measures to increase knowledge and awareness of the significance of gender when it comes to power and influence. On 8 March, a seminar was held for members of the Riksdag on the subject of threats and hate on social media.

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.

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)

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.

Svetlana Tichanovskaja, Belarus, besökte riksdagen 18 november 2020. Här på Rikplan med talman Andreas Norlén. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Speaker receives Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The Speaker Andreas Norlén received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the leader of the opposition in Belarus, for meetings at the Riksdag on 18 November. The Speaker hosted a lunch and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met members of the Riksdag from various political parties.

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.

Adapted licence requirements for occupational pension funds

An occupational pension fund is an association that manages its members' occupational pensions. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk that some funds will be unable to meet the capital requirements that are necessary to be able to continue to conduct their activities as occupational pension companies.