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Bo G. Pettersson, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Paul Griffith, Scientific Director at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Maria Renström, WHO. Bo G. Pettersson, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Paul Griffith, Scientific Director at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and Maria Renström, WHO. Photo: Lina Pastorek/Government Offices

Sweden supports WHO conference on the adverse health effects of cannabis

A World Health Organisation (WHO) expert conference was held in Bro, near Stockholm, on 21-23 April.
"Sweden is giving its support to this WHO expert conference because we want the debate on the health effects of cannabis use to be based on science and research," said Per-Anders Sunesson, head of the Division for Families and Social Services, in his opening address.

A more modern parental insurance system

The Government is proposing a third 'reserved' month of parental benefit. The aim of the proposal is to achieve a more gender-equal take-up of parental benefit, which strengthens the right of children to both their parents. The proposal is also aimed at increasing gender equality in the labour market. At present, two months of parental benefit are reserved for each parent. It is proposed that the new system apply from 1 January 2016 for children born or adopted from that date.

Convention on the Rights of the Child about to become Swedish law

The Government intends to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law. On 19 February 2015 the Government adopted supplementary terms of reference for the Inquiry on the rights of the child appointed in March 2013.

Restrictions on smoking in public places, retail display ban and plain packaging

On 19 February, the Swedish Government decided to provide supplementary terms of reference to the ongoing Inquiry on the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive.
The inquiry is now to present proposals on how to restrict tobacco smoking and smoking of tobacco-related products in certain public places. The inquiry chair is also to examine the possibility of introducing a retail display ban on tobacco products and requirements on plain tobacco packaging.

Coordination concerning socially vulnerable EEA citizens staying in Sweden

Sweden wants to coordinate work throughout the country concerning vulnerable EEA citizens staying temporarily in Sweden. On 29 January, Martin Valfridsson was appointed national coordinator for this work.

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Agreement on certain adjustments in the pensions agreement


The Pension Group which consists of five parties represented in the Riksdag and chaired by Annika Strandhäll has agreed on certain changes to the pensions agreement. The Group notes that, fundamentally, the pension system works well. However, in light of external changes and experience gained in the first fifteen years, there is reason to reconsider some parts of the system.