National pharmaceuticals list and general practice for doctors to be postponed

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to postpone the introduction of the national pharmaceuticals list and the reform of general practice for doctors. The reason is the spread of the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Further measures to make it easier for companies and organisations to hold annual general meetings

The Government has proposed the introduction of a temporary possibility for limited companies and cooperative societies to hold their annual general meetings completely without physical participation. The purpose is to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

Amended transitional provisions for medical technology products

Transitional provisions are to be amended pending the entry into force of new EU rules within the area of medical technology. The Government's proposal means that transitional provisions pertaining to such things as the Act concerning Medical Technology Products will be amended so that older provisions will continue to apply until 25 May 2021.

The ceiling for deferment of tax on profit resulting for the sale of private housing to be raised

A person selling a private house or flat at a profit and buying a new house of flat can be granted deferment of taxation on capital gains. The Riksdag has now decided that the ceiling for the maximum amount of such a deferment is to be raised.

Approval of temporary changes to press subsidies

Temporary changes to press subsidies have been proposed to reduce economic consequences for the media in connection with the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Government should review rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes

The Riksdag is calling upon the Government, by way of an announcement, to take the initiative to review the rules regarding transfer of custody and adoption of children in foster homes. The Riksdag is also directing an announcement to the Government urging that it get back to the Riksdag with a proposal for more stringent legislation against foreign polygamous marriages.

Winter fuel permitted temporarily until 31 May

The spread of the new coronavirus has led to reduced sales of winter fuel, and this has led to a shortage of space in fuel depots. The Government would like to postpone the transition to summer fuel so that the fuel suppliers have more time to replace their stocks of winter fuel with summer fuel. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Exceptions from the requirement to have a building permit in the case of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society

The Government will be able to allow exceptions to the requirements of the Planning and Building Act (PBL) in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, such as COVID-19. The purpose of the exception is for example to get field hospitals and testing tents in place if regular hospital premises are not sufficient. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Government should look into giving compensation to especially vulnerable groups of people of working age

The Government should look into which groups of people of working age run the risk of becoming particularly ill due to COVID-19 and how they can receive compensation if they are unable to remain at home from work. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which has called on the Government to act by way of an announcement.

Provisional amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal for amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act in order to enable the Government to take special measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. On the basis of the amended legislation, the Government will, for example, be entitled to issue special provisions making it possible to temporarily close shopping centres and restaurants.

Extension of party group leaders’ agreement on Riksdag work procedures during the corona crisis

The party group leaders' agreement on the work of the Riksdag during the corona crisis has been further extended until 7 September. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the Riksdag can fulfil its tasks even though a large number of members of the Riksdag cannot participate in Riksdag work.

Additional amending budget: New rules for unemployment insurance and financial aid for studies

The Riksdag voted mainly in favour of the Government’s proposals for amendments to the central government budget for 2020 in response to the coronavirus. The amendments will mean for example certain relaxations in unemployment insurance and that the income ceiling for obtaining study support will be removed.

Additional amending budget: Several measures in the field of taxation in response to the coronavirus

The Government has proposed several measures in the field of taxation in order to alleviate the consequences for companies in connection with the coronavirus outbreak. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals. The Riksdag also approved an amended revenue estimate for 2020.

Provisional rules for annual general meetings

In order to enable shareholders and members to participate and influence, to as great an extent as possible without increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the Government has proposed the introduction of provisional rules for annual general meetings for companies and organisations. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Additional amending budget: New rules for short-time work

As a result of the coronavirus, the Riksdag has voted mainly in favour of the Government's proposal on amendments to the central government budget for 2020. Among the effects of the amendments are that the state will temporally assume responsibility for three quarters of staff who have been laid off in the short term, that the state will assume responsibility for sick pay for two months and that the deduction for qualifying days will be temporarily abolished. Most of the amendments will come into force on 7 April 2020.

The Riksdag votes in favour of credit guarantees for loans to companies

During 2020, the Government will be able to grant credit guarantees up to a total of a maximum of SEK 100 billion to Swedish credit institutions. The guarantees will apply to loans primarily to small- and medium-sized businesses. The reason is that many companies have been adversely affected by income losses, poorer liquidity and difficulties in obtaining loans on account of the spread of the new coronavirus.

Possible to defer payment of certain taxes

Companies that are experiencing liquidity problems on account of the coronavirus outbreak will be able to defer the payment of certain taxes for a limited period. It is estimated that this proposal will cost the state SEK 27 billion in 2020. The changes are proposed to apply from 30 March 2020.

The Committee on the Constitution postpones its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed to table its examination of the Government until further notice. The Committee will therefore not be holding any hearings as part of its examination during the spring.

New law will give the Government and school governing bodies extended powers regarding school activities

The Riksdag has voted in favour of a new law regarding temporary closure of school activities in the event of extraordinary events in peacetime.

Credit guarantees to airlines as a result of the coronavirus

During 2020, the Government will have the right to issue credit guarantees of up to SEK 5 billion for loans to airlines that on 1 January this year had a Swedish permit to operate commercial aviation and who have their main operations or headquarters in Sweden.