News from the Government and Government Offices
Swedish economy on the way up amid uncertainty
The Swedish economy is on the way up and, according to the forecast, growth will gradually strengthen in the coming years. However, the situation is uncertain, not least because of developments in Greece. This is the message from Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson, presenting the Ministry of Finance’s latest economic forecast at Almedalen June 30, 2015.
HeForShe launched in Sweden
On 18 June, the United Nations global HeForShe campaign for gender equality was launched in Sweden. The objective is to show that gender equality is not a women’s issue, but an issue for women and men alike. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s message was that more men need to take a stand for gender equality and that he will personally take the lead and implement a broad agenda for greater gender equality in Sweden.
Stefan Löfven presented the Government’s priorities in the EU
On 23 March, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Government’s priorities in the EU to students on the European Studies Programme at the University of Gothenburg. Among the Government’s priorities in the EU for 2015 are more jobs, sustainable growth, and fair conditions in the labour market.
Sweden and Romania cooperate on social policy
On Friday 5 June, Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality and Rovana Plumb, Romania’s Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly signed a joint declaration on social policy.
Stefan Löfven received Juha Sipilä, Finland’s Prime Minister
On Monday 8 June, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. They met to discuss bilateral, European and international issues, including competitiveness and growth in the EU, and developments in our neighbourhood.
Creative Schools initiative supplemented to include preschool
The Government wants to create conditions for professional artistic and cultural activities for children in the very early years. The Government therefore proposes increasing the allocation to the Creative Schools initiative by SEK 10 million for 2015. This investment will go to professional cultural activities in preschools.
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