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).

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. 

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 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.

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.

The Speaker and deputy speakers in the Chamber. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, marking the start of the 2020/21 parliamentary year, took place today. The event can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service and has been highlighted in the Riksdag's other digital channels. On this page, you will find information about everything that happened during the day.