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The Riksdag votes in favour of making it easier to receive military support from other countries

The Government has proposed legislative amendments designed to improve opportunities for Sweden to receive military support in the form of military forces from other countries.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Finnish President visits the Riksdag

Talmannen The Finnish President Sauli Niinistö held a speech in the former Second Chamber of the Riksdag on 17 May in connection with the President’s state visit to Sweden. The speech was given in the presence of the King and Queen, party leaders and members of the Riksdag, and invited guests.

Talmannen på officiellt besök till Kanada 8-13 maj 2022. Här hälsar han på talman Anthony Rota i underhuset. Photo: HoC-CdC, Parliament of Canada

Official visit by the Speaker to Canada

Talmannen On 8-13 May, the Speaker Andreas Norlén and a delegation of members of the Riksdag paid an official visit to Canada, with meetings in Ottawa and Quebec.

Simmare crawlar i en bassäng. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The Riksdag votes in favour of banning orders at public swimming pools and libraries

The Riksdag has voted in favour of a proposal from the Government to introduce the possibility of imposing banning orders at public swimming pools and libraries.

Talman Andreas Norlén tog den 3 maj 2022 emot tjeckiska parlamentets deputerandekammare Markéta Pekarová Adamová. Här står de vid koppartporten framför ländernas flaggor. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Official visit by the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Talmannen The Speaker Andreas Norlén received the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Markéta Pekarová Adamová and her delegation on 3 May. The President of the Chamber of Deputies Pekarová Adamová with her delegation paid an official visit to Sweden on 2–3 May.

The Government is urged to examine the rules for identifying and repatriating Sami remains

The Riksdag called on the Government by way of an announcement to examine the legal, financial and practical conditions for drawing up a cohesive regulatory framework for identifying and repatriating Sami artifacts and remains.

Additional amending budget: the Riksdag votes in favour of lower tax on petrol and diesel and of donating surplus vaccine doses

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal for an additional amending budget for 2022. Energy tax on petrol and diesel will temporarily be lowered by SEK 1.05 from 1 May until 30 September 2022. The Government will furthermore be authorised to donate, to other countries, surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccine. At the same time, the Riksdag called on the Government by way of two announcements.

Housing measures to be taken in Sweden in response to the invasion of Ukraine

The Riksdag is to give the Government extended rights to decide on certain exemptions from existing planning and building regulations. This is in order to be able to quickly provide temporary housing in the event of an especially large influx of people coming to Sweden, for example, from Ukraine. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

More stringent and improved rules on labour immigration

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to tighten and improve current rules for labour immigration. The objective is to combat the exploitation of labour migrants, and to attract and maintain international competence.

The Riksdag votes in favour of measures to strengthen Sweden's military defence and of compensation for higher electricity costs

The Government has proposed measures to strengthen Sweden's military defence. The Government has also submitted a proposal on compensation to households for high electricity prices in March 2022. The proposals were submitted in an additional amending budget and are a consequence of the worsened security policy situation in Sweden's immediate neighbourhood and increasing energy prices, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

A first “yes” to criminalising foreign espionage as an offence against the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression

The Riksdag has adopted in abeyance the Government's proposal which will include criminalising foreign espionage as an offence against the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression. A final decision on the amendment to the Constitution can be taken at the earliest after the general elections this autumn. The objective is to strengthen Swedish legislation regarding the protection of sensitive and secret information in international peace support and security-building cooperation in which Sweden is participating.

Members of the Riksdag observe presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia

On 3 April, presidential and parliamentary elections are being held in Serbia. Six Swedish MPs will be included in an international delegation to observe the elections.

Members of the Riksdag observe parliamentary elections in Hungary

On 3 April, parliamentary elections will be held in Hungary. Seven Swedish MPs will be included in an international delegation to observe the elections.

Examination of applications for EU membership from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldava

In a statement, the Riksdag has examined applications for EU membership that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldava have submitted to the Council of Ministers. The Riksdag takes a positive view of the applications. In the opinion of the Riksdag, the EU should give the three countries a clear membership perspective and give them as potential candidate countries access to all possible support for reforms that the EU has to offer future member states.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds an address to the members of the Riksdag by video link. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

President of Ukraine addresses the members of the Riksdag

On Thursday 24 March, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held an address to the members of the Riksdag by video link. The address can be watched on demand via the Riksdag webcast service with interpretation into English. The President's speech starts a few minutes into the broadcast that can be viewed via the link.

Mine-clearance equipment and anti-tank weapons to be given to Ukraine

The Riksdag has decided to authorise a government decision to give military equipment to Ukraine up to a maximum value of SEK 205 million. The equipment that will be given includes field equipment for mine clearance and up to 5,000 anti-tank weapons.

Temporary extension of government support by means of reduced energy tax

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal that companies that have found themselves in financial difficulties during the period 1 March 2020 – 31 December 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be able to receive state support in the form of reduced energy tax. 

COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink to be repealed

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to repeal the COVID-19 Act and Act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink on 31 March 2022.

Aliens to have their finger prints taken and be photographed when entering or exiting Sweden

The Riksdag votes in favour of the Government's proposal for amendments to adapt Swedish legislation to the EU's new system for entering and exiting the EU.

Additional amending budget: The Riksdag votes in favour of guarantee for loan to Ukraine

The Government has presented a proposal for increased economic support to Ukraine. This means that Sweden is issuing a guarantee for a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to Ukraine of just under EUR 45 million plus interest. With interest, the sum being guaranteed by Sweden is approx. EUR 56 million or approx. SEK 600 million. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.