Certain Riksdag activities to be open to the public

Some of the Riksdag's activities that have been closed to the public since the spring are now to become completely or partially available once more. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of the corona virus, the Riksdag will continue to take measures, such as for example limiting opening hours and the number of visitors.

The Speaker and deputy speakers in the Chamber. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, marking the start of the 2020/21 parliamentary year, took place today. The event can be watched via the Riksdag webcast service and has been highlighted in the Riksdag's other digital channels. On this page, you will find information about everything that happened during the day.

The Riksdag votes in favour of operational defence cooperation between Sweden and Finland

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal to introduce a new law on operational military support between Sweden and Finland. The purpose is to strengthen the two countries' national defence capacities and their capability to conduct joint military operations.

Sweden takes over the presidency of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference 2020-2021

Four members of the Riksdag participated in the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) on 24 August. The conference, which was held digitally, adopted a resolution directed at the governments of the member states, with a focus on strong cooperation in the light of COVID-19, protection of the marine environment and migration and integration. In connection with the conference, Swedish took over the presidency of the BSPC from Lithuania.

Focus on health and sustainable development at the IPU's fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

On 19-20 August, the Speaker Andreas Norlén participated in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was held virtually.

The pandemic affects the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The ongoing pandemic will continue to affect the work of the Riksdag during the autumn, with just 55 members of the Riksdag present during votes, although all 349 members continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were during the spring.

The effects of the pandemic on the opening of the Riksdag session and the work of the Riksdag during the autumn

The current pandemic will affect the form of the opening of the Riksdag session in the Chamber and the other two meetings of the Chamber which are due to take place on the same day. The work of the Riksdag during the autumn will also continue to be affected, though all 349 members will continue to be in service in exactly the same way as they were in the spring.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

The Riksdag this summer

The new parliamentary year, the 2020/21 Riksdag session, will begin on 8 September. Members of the Riksdag will continue their parliamentary business in their home communities until the opening of the Riksdag session. For example, they may address written questions to Government ministers. On 20 August, there will be interpellation debates in the Chamber during which Government ministers will answer questions asked by members of the Riksdag. Provision will also be made for interpellation debates on 27 August and 3 September. During the summer, the Riksdag can be convened quickly if necessary to consider urgent matters. As a result of the corona pandemic, all guided tours and visits to the Riksdag and the Democracy Workshop are cancelled until further notice. The Riksdag Library will also remain closed.

New provisions on dental care subsidies on account of COVID-19

The Government will be able to make exceptions to the rules on dental care subsidies in cases where there is a risk of the spread of a disease constituting a danger to society, or in connection with other extraordinary events in peace time. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

The period for reporting verification of preliminary support in the case of short-time work to be extended

The Act on support in the event of short-time work will be amended so that the period in which employers may submit a report on verification of preliminary support for short-time work will be extended from two to four weeks. The Riksdag voted in favour of the proposal, which was submitted in the form of a committee initiative.

The Committee on the Constitution examines the Government's handling of the corona crisis

The Committee on the Constitution has agreed that the focus of its examination of the Government's handling of the corona crisis will be on how government power has been exercised from a broader, constitutional, perspective.

Additional amending budget: Compensation to high-risk groups and other measures

The Riksdag has voted in favour of the Government's proposal on a ninth amending budget in response to the coronavirus outbreak which includes compensation to high-risk groups. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to take action regarding the future of Arlanda Airport.

Amended proposal on the EU’s own resources goes beyond what is necessary

The European Commission has presented an amended proposal concerning the system for the EU's own resources. One aspect of the proposal is that the ceiling for the EU's own resources is to be raised. The Riksdag considers that the proposal is in conflict with the principle of subsidiarity, according to which decisions are to be taken as efficiently and as close to the citizens as possible. The Riksdag is sending its views to the EU's decision-making institutions in the form of a reasoned opinion.

The Speaker at the memorial ceremony Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Memorial ceremony in the Riksdag for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic

A memorial ceremony for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic took place in the Riksdag on Wednesday 17 June.

Opening of the 2019 Riksdag session Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Opening of the 2020 Riksdag session

The opening of the Riksdag session, which marks the start of the new parliamentary year, will take place on 8 September. As a result of the corona pandemic, there will be a restricted number of people attending the ceremony in the Chamber of the Riksdag this year.

Kvinnlig kock skär lök i restaurangkök. Hon har ena handen i en låda med kantareller. Photo: Maskot / TT

New act regarding temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal regarding a new act on temporary communicable disease control measures at venues serving food and drink. The act establishes that anyone running a venue that serves food and drink, such as a restaurant, bar or café, is responsible for taking certain measures to prevent the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Additional amending budget: Yes to reorientation support for companies with reduced turnover

The Government has submitted a proposal with further measures to mitigate the effect on society of the novel coronavirus which is responsible for causing COVID-19. Financial support - reorientation support - is being introduced for companies with reduced turnover owing to the spread of the virus. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposals.

The Government should promptly ensure possibility to examine foreign direct investments

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the serious economic situation, Swedish companies in need of capital risk being undervalued. This could lead to increased international interest in direct investments in Swedish companies that are worth protecting. The Riksdag therefore urged the Government by way of an announcement, to promptly present a proposal for measures to make the examination of such investments possible.

EU-parlamentet i Strasbourg Photo: Kristofer Sandberg / TT

Activities in the EU in 2019

The Riksdag has considered the annual government communication on work in the European Union (EU). The communication covers all of the EU's activities during 2019. The Riksdag also called on the Government by way of an announcement to seek, together with other EU member states, to bring about EU legislation imposing sanctions for human rights.

Svenska FN-soldater i ett militärfordon vid fäjelägret längs Niger utanför Timbuktu, Mali Photo: Anton Thorstensson / Försvarsmakten

Yes to Swedish participation in military operation in Mali

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal that Sweden contribute with an armed force in a multinational military operation in Mali.