News from the Government and Government Offices
The Secretary-General’s Security Council Retreat in Backåkra, Sweden
The Secretary-General annual retreat with the Security Council will take place at Backåkra, the private estate of former-Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, in southern Sweden from 21 – 22 April.
The 2018 Spring Budget: Building our society – a secure and sustainable Sweden
On 16 April, the Government presents its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and a proposed spring amending budget to the Riksdag. In the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government presents its economic assessment and the direction of fiscal policy ahead of the budget for 2019. In the amending budget, the Government proposes changes to the budget during the current fiscal year. “We have taken Sweden in a new direction. Investments in jobs, health care, schools and the climate have borne fruit. The Government is now making additional investments for a secure and sustainable Sweden,” says Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.
Innovation and sustainable development the focus of Indian official visit
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Sweden on 16–17 April. India is currently the world’s fastest growing major economy, and the Swedish Government is working to strengthen Sweden's role as a key partner in the areas of sustainability and innovation.
Sweden hosted Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality
The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality on 15–17 April brought together over 500 participants from more than 100 countries, from grassroots to ministerial level. They included politicians and representatives of academia, business and civil society. The purpose of the Forum was to advance work on global gender equality through alliance-building and exchange of methods and results.
The Swedish Government’s overall EU priorities
By highlighting the most important issues in EU work for the fourth time in this electoral term, the Government is focusing its efforts where they are best needed, which enhances Sweden’s ability to influence developments. In 2018 the Government will give particular priority to questions concerning a social Europe for jobs and inclusive growth; an ambitious climate, energy and environment policy; a common asylum system and expanded cooperation on migration; and a secure EU in a secure world.
Minister for Foreign Affairs presented Government Statement of Foreign Policy
On 14 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The traditional foreign policy debate followed. The Statement of Foreign Policy outlines the Government’s visions for Sweden’s work in the world and Swedish foreign policy positions.
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