Sweden's participation in military mission in Afghanistan to be extended

Sweden's participation in NATO's training and advice mission, RSM, in Afghanistan is to be extended until 31 December 2021.

Debate on EU policy at the Riksdag on 20 January

Following consultations with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided that a debate between on EU policy shall be held at the Riksdag on 20 January. The planned debate between party leaders on EU policy that was due to take place on 18 November was cancelled on account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden.

Reduced tax on incomes and extended period of expert tax

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the period for "expert tax" from three to five years. Expert tax is a form of tax relief applying to experts, researchers and other key persons working on a temporary basis in Sweden.

Continued possibility for companies and organisations to hold annual general meetings remotely in 2021

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to extend the provisional law that makes it possible for companies and organisations to hold their annual general meetings without physical participation.

KU:s pressträff 26 november 2020 i Andrakammarsalen. Hans Ekström (S) och ordförande Karin Enström (M). Foto: Melker Dahlstrand

The Committee on the Constitution has completed its scrutiny of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has completed its annual scrutiny of the Government. In total, the Committee on the Constitution has examined 30 reports from members of the Riksdag as well as a number of other questions that the Committee has taken up on its own initiative. The Committee has identified deficiencies in 12 of the examined matters.

Yes to the expenditure limits and revenues in the Budget Bill

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the expenditure limits and revenue estimates in the Government's Budget Bill for 2021. The Riksdag has also voted mainly in favour of the legislative proposals concerning changes to tax regulations in the Budget Bill and has voted in favour of the central government expenditure ceiling.

SEK 31 billion more to municipalities, regions and other areas this year

The Riksdag voted in favour of amendments to the central government budget. The amendments will mean that central government expenditure will increase by SEK 31 billion this year.

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 work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up

The Riksdag considers that the work of the Riksdag during the COVID-19 pandemic should be followed up, and urges the Riksdag Board by way of an announcement to initiate a follow-up.

The debate between party leaders on EU policy at the Riksdag on Wednesday has been cancelled

Press On account of the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Sweden, the Speaker and the party group leaders have discussed whether it is appropriate to hold Wednesday's debate between party leaders on EU policy as planned. Following his consultation with the party group leaders, the Speaker has decided to cancel the debate between party leaders on EU policy.

Debate between party leaders on EU policy

A debate between party leaders on EU policy will take place at the Riksdag on Wednesday 18 November. The debate will be broadcast via the Riksdag webcast service and will be based on the Statement of Government EU Policy, which sets out the Government's priorities for its forthcoming work with EU matters.

Additional amending budget: Extended period of compensation for people belonging to high-risk groups

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. 

Adapted licence requirements for occupational pension funds

An occupational pension fund is an association that manages its members' occupational pensions. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk that some funds will be unable to meet the capital requirements that are necessary to be able to continue to conduct their activities as occupational pension companies.

Supplementary rules on the rights of British citizens in Sweden

In response to Brexit - the UK's withdrawal from the European Union - the Riksdag has voted in favour of new rules that will apply to certain British citizens who live and work in Sweden.

More stringent measures concerning the work of the Riksdag

In October and November 2020, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has, in consultation with the regional communicable disease control consultants, taken decisions to introduce more stringent general recommendations in several Swedish regions, including Stockholm. The Riksdag and the Riksdag Administration have therefore made several of the measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic more stringent. Other measures remain unchanged.

Hired staff are to pay tax in Sweden

Individuals working temporarily as hired staff in Sweden are to pay tax here. The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Photo: Anders Löwdin

Seminar on the 75th anniversary of the UN

On 22 October, the Speaker Andreas Norlén hosted a seminar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UN. The seminar consisted of a dialogue between the Minister for Foreign Affairs, UN experts, members of the Riksdag and diplomats, and dealt with the challenges connected with the UN’s mission.

Temporary change in investment rules for Swedish National Pension Funds (AP Funds) as a result of COVID-19

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal for a temporary change in investment rules for four of the Swedish National Swedish Pension Funds, also known as AP Funds, as a result of COVID-19.

Reduced tax for people in rural areas

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to reduce tax for people living in sparsely populated municipalities mainly in Norrland and the north west of Svealand.