Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2020/21 Riksdag session, will begin on 8 September. Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities until the opening of the Riksdag session. For example, they may address written questions to Government ministers. On 20 August, there will be interpellation debates in the Chamber during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. Provision will also be made for interpellation debates on 27 August and 3 September. During the summer, the Riksdag can be convened quickly if necessary to consider urgent matters. As a result of the corona pandemic, all guided tours and visits to the Riksdag and the Democracy Workshop are cancelled until further notice. The Riksdag Library will also remain closed.

New provisions on dental care subsidies on account of COVID-19

The Government will be able to make exceptions to the rules on dental care subsidies in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, or in connection with other extraordinary events in peace time. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

The period for reporting verification of preliminary support in the case of short-time work to be extended

The Act on support in the event of short-time work will be amended so that the period in which employers may submit a report on verification of preliminary support for short-time work will be extended from two to four weeks. The Riksdag voted in favour of the proposal, which was submitted in the form of a committee initiative.

The Committee on the Constitution examines the Government's handling of the corona crisis

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed that the focus of its examination of the Government's handling of the corona crisis will be on how government power has been exercised from a broader, constitutional, perspective.

Additional amending budget: Compensation to high-risk groups and other measures

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a ninth amending budget in response to the coronavirus outbreak which includes compensation to high-risk groups. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to take action regarding the future of Arlanda Airport.

Amended proposal on the EU’s own resources goes beyond what is necessary

The European Commission has presented an amended proposal concerning the system for the EU's own resources. One aspect of the proposal is that the ceiling for the EU's own resources is to be raised. The Riksdag considers that the proposal is in conflict with the principle of subsidiarity, according to which decisions are to be taken as efficiently and as close to the citizens as possible. The Riksdag is sending its views to the EU's decision-making institutions in the form of a reasoned opinion.

The Speaker at the memorial ceremony Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Memorial ceremony in the Riksdag for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic

A memorial ceremony for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic took place in the Riksdag on Wednesday 17 June.

Opening of the 2019 Riksdag session Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, which marks the start of the new parliamentary year, will take place on 8 September. As a result of the corona pandemic, there will be a restricted number of people attending the ceremony in the Chamber of the Riksdag this year.

Kvinnlig kock skär lök i restaurangkök. Hon har ena handen i en låda med kantareller. Photo: Maskot / TT

New act regarding temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal regarding a new act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink. The act establishes that anyone running a venue that serves food and drink, such as a restaurant, bar or café, is responsible for taking certain measures to prevent the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Additional amending budget: Yes to reorientation support for companies with reduced turnover

The Government has submitted a proposal with further measures to mitigate the effect on society of the novel coronavirus which is responsible for causing COVID-19. Financial support - reorientation support - is being introduced for companies with reduced turnover owing to the spread of the virus. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

The Government should promptly ensure possibility to examine foreign direct investments

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the serious economic situation, Swedish companies in need of capital risk being undervalued. This could lead to increased international interest in direct investments in Swedish companies that are worth protecting. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement, to promptly present a proposal for measures to make the examination of such investments possible.

Svenska FN-soldater i ett militärfordon vid fäjelägret längs Niger utanför Timbuktu, Mali Photo: Anton Thorstensson / Försvarsmakten

Yes to Swedish participation in military operation in Mali

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that Sweden contribute with an armed force in a multinational military operation in Mali.

EU-parlamentet i Strasbourg Photo: Kristofer Sandberg / TT

Activities in the EU in 2019

The Riksdag has considered the annual government communication on work in the European Union (EU). The communication covers all of the EU's activities during 2019. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to seek, together with other EU member states, to bring about EU legislation imposing sanctions for human rights.

Possibility for members to participate remotely in meetings of the parliamentary committees and the Committee on EU Affairs

The Riksdag or the Speaker may decide to grant permission for remote participation in committee meetings if there are exceptional grounds. If the Riksdag or the Speaker have taken such a decision, a committee may allow a member or deputy member to participate remotely in a meeting.

The Committee on the Constitution resumes its examination of the Government

The Committee on the Constitution has decided today that it will resume its examination of the Government this autumn. A decision concerning hearings will be taken after the opening of the Riksdag session on 8 September.

Additional amending budget: Further measures in response to the coronavirus

In order to mitigate the negative economic effects of the new coronavirus and create opportunities for education and continuing professional development, the Government has presented several proposals for further measures. Among other things, more money from the central government budget for 2020 will be earmarked for compensation for high costs for sick pay, sickness benefits, a contribution to keep public transport running and a contribution for public health and medical care. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

Elderly man looking out a window in his home. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Municipalities should be entitled to refuse home care services to temporary residents

A municipality should have the right to refuse home care services to people who are on a short stay in the municipality. This is the opinion of the Riksdag which, by way of an announcement, calls on the Government to promptly prepare a legislative proposal to this effect. The purpose is to reduce the burden on the municipalities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional amending budget: More extensive short-term lay-offs and a number of new measures

The Government has proposed further measures to cushion the impact of the negative effects of the spread of the new coronavirus on society. The proposals include adaptations of the support initiatives that have already been introduced, as well as more effective checks to combat fraudulent use of the initiatives.

Yes to increased protection for honour-related crime

Penalties are to be tightened for honour-related crime. Crimes for which the motive has been to preserve or re-establish honour are to be seen as an aggravating circumstance when assessing culpability. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

Time limits for personal payment liability in limited companies should be reviewed

The current spread of the new coronavirus has resulted in both small and large companies increasingly having liquidity problems. The Riksdag has therefore called on the Government by way of an announcement to carry out a review with a temporary focus on the time limits in the Swedish Companies Act that apply for personal payment liability in the event of lack of capital.