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).

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs 2019. Photo: Anders Löwdin

Foreign policy debate

The foreign policy debate was held in the Riksdag on Wednesday 13 February at 9 a.m. The Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party) introduced the debate with a presentation of the Government's Statement of Foreign Policy. The parties represented in the Riksdag then debated their view 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 was interpreted into English and can be viewed via the Riksdag webcast service.

This year’s first debate between party leaders

The first party leader debate of the year took place on Wednesday 30 January at 9 a.m. During the debate, representatives from the parties in the Riksdag had the opportunity to argue in favour of the policies they wish to pursue. The debate was interpreted into sign language and English. It can be viewed on demand via the Riksdag webcast service.

The Riksdag flies the flag at half-mast

The Riksdag is flying its flags at half-mast in connection with what took place in Stockholm on Friday. On 8 April, the Riksdag's flags are to be displayed at half-mast from 8 o'clock in the morning.

The Speaker's statement on the explosions in St Petersburg

The Speaker's statement on the explosions in St Petersburg Monday 3 April 2017: "Once again it seems like the Russian people have been hit by a terrorist attack. My thoughts go to the victims of the brutal and cowardly attack and to their families," says the Speaker Urban Ahlin.

Chile's President to visit the Riksdag

On 11 May, the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet will visit the Riksdag as part of a state visit to Sweden. The President will be unveiling Chile's gift to the Riksdag, a bust of Ambassador Harald Edelstam. After the ceremony, President Bachelet will deliver a speech. The ceremony will be attended by the King and Queen, the Speaker, members of the Riksdag and specially invited guests. After the President's speech, members of the Riksdag will have the opportunity to put questions. The speech and question-and-answer session will be broadcast via the Riksdag webcast service. Webcast: The speech and question-and-answer in session