Rules on National Audit Office amended in fundamental laws (KU4)

Published: 14 November 2018 at 16.06

Updated: 14 November 2018 at 16.37

The Riksdag has made the final adoption of the proposals held in abeyance on an act amending the Instrument of Government and an act amending the Riksdag Act.

These mean, among other things, that the rules on the number of Auditors-General will be moved from the Instrument of Government to the Riksdag Act. The reason is to make it possible, if necessary, to adjust the number of Auditors-General more rapidly.

The amendments also mean the introduction of a requirement that there must be a qualified majority for the Riksdag to be able to dismiss an Auditor-General from his or her assignment. The Committee on the Constitution will be given the right to appoint a commission of inquiry before dismissing an Auditor-General from his/her assignment, and to give the Parliamentary Ombudsmen the task of assisting the Committee with such an inquiry. Furthermore, a provision on the obligation to collaborate and provide information is being transferred from ordinary law to the Instrument of Government and being clarified to state that the National Audit Office is entitled to receive the information the agency requests.

For an amendment to be made to a fundamental law, the Riksdag must take two identical decisions and these decisions must be separated by a general election. The Riksdag adopted the proposals for constitutional amendments as being held in abeyance on 11 April 2018. The Riksdag has now made the final adoption of the constitutional amendments. The new regulations will come into force on 1 January 2019.