Swedish embassies and consulates to provide protection to EU citizens and their family members

Published: 21 March 2018 at 14.42

Citizens of EU member states and members of their families are to be entitled to the same consular protection – that is, help from Swedish embassies and consulates – as Swedish citizens in countries outside the EU. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

This means that Swedish legislation is to be amended and adapted to binding EU regulations stating that it shall be possible for EU citizens residing in countries outside the EU that do not have an embassy or consulate to receive consular protection from other EU member states. The amendments will enable EU citizens and members of their families to have entitlement to economic assistance and disaster relief from Swedish embassies in countries outside the EU, under the same conditions as Swedish citizens.

These amendments come into force on 1 May 2018.