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.

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.

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.

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 should clarify the direction of its security policy

The Riksdag considers that the Government should clarify the direction of its security policy and called on the Government to act on this by way of an announcement.

Provision in principle on academic freedom to be introduced

It should be possible for the search for and dissemination of knowledge to happen freely at universities and university colleges. This is a precondition for research and education on the basis of science and art, as it is for the role of institutes of higher education as an independent and critically reflective force in society. This is the opinion of the Riksdag, which voted in favour of the Government's proposal for a general principle for academic freedom to be introduced into the Higher Education Act.

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).

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 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.

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.

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)

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.