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Changes to the Riksdag’s work on EU matters (KU7)

Published: 14 November 2018 at 16.02

Updated: 14 November 2018 at 16.38

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Riksdag Board's proposed amendments regarding the Riksdag's work on EU matters. The amendments apply to the Riksdag Act and the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act.

However, the Riksdag voted against proposals contained in a private member's motion in connection with the amendments.

One effect of these amendments is that the Riksdag will no longer be obliged to examine green and white papers – documents on the European Commission's ideas, thoughts and future measures – which are submitted to the Riksdag from the European Commission.

Another effect of the amendments is that if a committee comes to the conclusion that a draft EU law does not conflict with the principle of subsidiarity, an excerpt from the record of the meetings of the committee in question shall be added to the order paper of a meeting in the Chamber. The principle of subsidiarity means that decisions should be effective and be taken as close to citizens as possible and thereby safeguard the possibility for EU member states to take national decisions of their own.

A provision shall also be introduced stating that the Riksdag is to select a delegation to the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group for the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).

The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2019.