The Speaker and the party group leaders have reached a new agreement this week regarding the Riksdag's work procedures during the autumn. The party group leaders have also decided not to extend the agreement that just 55 members of the Riksdag should be present at votes in the Chamber. After the opening of the Riksdag session, a return to normal procedures for the work of the Riksdag will commence.
"We are now embarking on a gradual return to more normal work procedures in the Riksdag. After the opening of the Riksdag session, all the members of the Riksdag will, for example, be able to participate in votes, but we will retain the possibility of participating remotely in committee meetings, and when the members do participate physically, we plan to make it possible to keep a distance. The return will be adapted to the current situation as regards the pandemic," says Andreas Norlén.
After the opening of the Riksdag session, all 349 members of the Riksdag will be able to participate in votes. The restrictions regarding the number of members that should be present in the Chamber during a debate will cease with immediate effect, and the previous agreement between the party group leaders that just 55 members should participate in votes will cease as of 15 September.
As regards the committees, each committee will decide when it is justified to hold physical meetings. Exceptional reasons will no longer be required to hold meetings with physical presence. Planning of committee meetings and premises will be adapted to make it possible to keep a distance.
Restrictions will continue to be in place as regards external visitors to the Riksdag buildings. External audiences at various events should be avoided, as should guided tours and larger social gatherings.
The agreement has been reached in the light of the need to return, as soon as possible, to more normal work procedures both as regards parliamentary and party political work in the Riksdag, and among other things, an easing of restrictions and reduced spread of the virus in society. At the same time, existing restrictions will be followed, the pandemic is not over, and the Riksdag's work procedures will be adapted to the situation.
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