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Government newsletter - Are you ready to travel this summer?

The summer holiday period is high season for Swedish travellers. An important job for Sweden's embassies and consulates is helping Swedes who run into difficulties while travelling or in the event of emergencies around the world. At the same time, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs works to increase awareness among Swedish travellers of important things to keep in mind before and during their trip. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Government newsletter - Children and young people have the right to culture

The Government's cultural policy objective for children and young people is to promote opportunities for children and youth to participate in cultural life and to exercise their own creativity and self-expression. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Government newsletter - Longer life, longer working life

We Swedes are living longer, with many people enjoying more years of good health. The Retirement Age Inquiry show that while opportunities for older people to carry on working longer are steadily improving, there are still obstacles that need to be tackled with broad and mutually reinforcing measures. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.

Sweden is a world leader in methods for spreading ash on forest land

Photo: Elima Mwinyipembe

Sweden is a world leader in methods for spreading ash on forest land. The Swedish Forest Agency is therefore arranging an international seminar for representatives of government agencies, the forest industry and forest research as well as guests from Estonia and Latvia. Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson will speak about bioenergy and ash recycling on Wednesday May 16.

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IMF and Sweden host international conference on fiscal consolidation and budgetary frameworks

The Swedish Finance Ministry and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are convening a high-level conference in Stockholm on May 7-8, 2012. The conference will bring together policy-makers, practitioners, and academics from around the world to review current fiscal programs, discuss options, and propose solutions.

Press conference with Fredrik Reinfeldt and Herman Van Rompuy

On Friday 4 May, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy for talks. The agenda included current EU issues such as the economic situation in the euro area, growth issues and the next EU budget.

Press conference with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

On Tuesday 24 April, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will receive Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao who is visiting Sweden during a round trip of Europe. The agenda of the meeting includes the global economic situation, Swedish and EU bilateral relations with China, sustainable development and innovation, as well as current domestic and foreign policy issues. A press conference with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will be web cast live at 17.25.

Swedish Minister for the Environment Lena Ek, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, Dr Francisco Gaetani, Deputy Minister of the Environment in Brazil and Sha Zukang, Secretary General of RiO+20 Photo: Martina Huber/Government offices

The Stockholm Call for Action handed over

At the closing ceremony of Stockholm+40 the Swedish Minister for the Environment Lena Ek and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson handed over the Stockholm Call for Action to Dr Francisco Gaetani, Deputy Minister of the Environment in Brazil and Sha Zukang, Secretary General of RiO+20. Earlier today the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gave speeches at the conference. In the speech Fredrik Reinfeldt mentioned the framework document Sweden and China have agreed on.

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The government newsletter highlights the conference's three themes - sustainable innovations, sustainable production and sustainable living.

Sweden's national reform programme 2012 and Sweden's convergence programme 2012

The Government today submitted Sweden's national reform programme 2012 and Sweden's convergence programme 2012 to the European Commission. Both the national reform programme and the convergence programme are based on the measures announced in the Budget Bill for 2012 and the 2012 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill as well as the forecasts for economic development and the public finances presented in the 2012 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill.

Minister for Defence Karin Enström and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

Karin Enström new Minister for Defence

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has today, Wednesday 18 April, appointed Karin Enström as Minister for Defence and head of the Ministry of Defence. Karin Enström will take up her post with immediate effect. Karin Enström comes from Vaxholm and was formerly a captain in the Swedish Amphibious Corps. Most recently she has been Member of the Riksdag where she has chaired the Committee on Foreign Affairs. She has previously served on the Riksdag Committee on Defence.