Health, social services, social insurance


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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Meeting with the Romanian minister for Work, Family, Social Protection and Elderly

A meeting will take place on Friday between the Swedish minister for Social Security, Ms. Annika Strandhäll, minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Ms. Åsa Regnér and the Romanian minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, Ms. Rovana Plumb.
Watch the press conference here at 11.30 a.m.

Committee on the Rights of the Child and Government in forward-looking dialogue

The dialogue between the Government of Sweden and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva has now concluded. The Government will continue to advance the rights of the child in cooperation with civil society and other actors.

Minister for Children Åsa Regnér and Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi laughing Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Minister for Children Åsa Regnér. Photo: Hanna Strandberg/Government offices of Sweden

Minister for Children Åsa Regnér meets Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

Today, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér received Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi for a meeting at the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs. Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the prize jointly with Malala Yousafzai for his struggle against the suppression of children and young people, against child labour and for the right of all children to education. The meeting took place in conjunction with the Riksdag's Nobel Seminar on child labour that the Minister and Laureate Kailash Satyarthi are attending this afternoon.

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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.