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Greater transparency of party financing

Published: 8 February 2018 at 09.28

There is to be greater transparency of party financing. The requirement for open reporting of revenue is to be extended to also apply to parties' activities at regional and local level, as well as to parties' associated organisations.

Each non-profit organisation or associated organisation within a party as well as each member or alternate member should report their own activities. Any limitations of political activities and personal election campaigns that were in place are to be removed. The obligation to publicly report income is also to apply to parties who participate in county council and municipal elections.

Parties at the national level with a mandate at the Riksdag or European Parliament should always submit a revenue report. The same applies to their associated organisations at the national level. No others need to submit any form of revenue report if revenue is less than half of a price basic amount, that is, below SEK 22,750 in 2018. A ban on receiving anonymous contributions above 0.05 of a price basic amount is also to be introduced, which corresponds to SEK 2,275 in 2018.

The amended regulations will come into force on 1 April 2018. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The Riksdag also considers that purchasers of lottery tickets should be given clear information in cases where a lottery finances party-political activities. The Riksdag therefore encourages the Government to clarify this in an announcement.