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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Government's actions in relation to Swedes who have been detained should be evaluated

The Riksdag would like an independent commission of inquiry to evaluate the Government's actions to promote the release of the Swedish citizens Dawit Isaak and Gui Minhai. The Riksdag therefore calls on the Government to act on this by way of an announcement.

Debate on EU policy on 20 January

A debate on EU policy will take place at the Riksdag on Wednesday 20 January. The Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren (Social Democratic Party) will open the debate with a presentation of the Government's priorities in its work with EU matters. The other parties represented in the Riksdag will decide themselves who is to participate in the debate.

Debate between party leaders 13 January

A debate between party leaders will be held at the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 January. During the debate, the leaders of all the parties represented in the Riksdag will have the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue.

Members of the Riksdag to monitor election in Kyrgyzstan

A presidential election will be held in Kyrgyzstan on 10 January. Four Swedish MPs are included in an international delegation to observe the election.

EU proposal on minimum wages a threat to the Swedish model

The European Commission has drawn up a proposal for an EU law containing a framework for minimum wages in the EU. The Riksdag has examined the legislative proposal in accordance with the requirements of the principle of subsidiarity, which state that the EU shall legislate in a particular matter if the objectives of the proposed measure cannot be achieved as well by the member states themselves. The Riksdag considers that the Commission's proposal conflicts with the principle of subsidiarity and intends to make comments in a reasoned opinion to the EU's decision-making institutions.

Sweden should be in favour of having a “NATO option”

Sweden should, like Finland, express that it is in favour of having a NATO option in order to strengthen security and defence policy cooperation. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement to act on this. The NATO option means, among other things, that Sweden maintains the option to seek membership in the NATO defence alliance.

Yes to the Government’s proposal on total defence during 2021–2025

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal, among other things, on an overall objective for total defence. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to appoint an inquiry with the task of submitting proposals on what form modern civil defence should take.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

The Riksdag’s democratic development cooperation with North Macedonia has begun

Gender equality and the importance of opposition are examples of themes for the Riksdag's newly started democratic development cooperation with the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. This was agreed upon when the parliaments of the two countries held their first digital meeting on 7 December. The cooperation is planned to continue for two to three years with the possibility of an extension and is headed by a steering group consisting of representatives of all the parties of the Riksdag.

Sweden's participation in the UN mission in Mali to be extended

Sweden's participation in the ongoing UN mission in Mali is to be extended until 31 December 2021.