Minister for Finance Anders Borg gave an account of the economic situation
On Saturday 23 August, the Government met at Harpsund, where Minister for Finance Anders Borg gave an account of the economic situation and the conditions for work on the 2015 budget. In connection with this, Mr Borg held a press conference on the economic situation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs visits Iraq
On Monday, Carl Bildt began a visit to Iraq together with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. They arrived in Baghdad in the afternoon for meetings with Iraq's acting foreign minister Hussain al-Shahristani and President Faud Masum. Mr Bildt will visit Erbil tomorrow.
Continuing his visit to Iraq on Tuesday, Carl Bildt was in Erbil, capital of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), with European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva. While Monday's talks in Baghdad were dedicated to political challenges, the focus on Tuesday was on the enormous humanitarian needs in the wake of IS's brutal advance.
Many of the prejudices that persist against Roma today and much of the exclusion we still see are a result of historical abuses. These are the words of Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag.
The fire in Västmanland is still burning. The continued focus is on fighting the fire and protecting lives and property. But when the immediate crisis is over, it is important that we begin the work of seeing what lessons can be learned. This is important in any crisis, and never more so than in events of this exceptional nature. The Government now intends to appoint an inquiry to this effect.
An English version of the Yearbook is available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2013. The purpose of the Yearbook is to present facts and figures about the organisation, duties and activities of the Government Offices for English-speaking readers. In addition to statistical material it contains a brief presentation of Government ministers in 2013 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.
The Swedish economy is expected to continue its gradual recovery after the longest and deepest recession Sweden has experienced since the crisis of the 1930s. This is the picture presented by the Ministry of Finance's new economic forecast. The recovery has been sluggish because of the continued subdued state of the global economy. Little by little, growth will pick up in the years ahead. The public finances will strengthen as the economy returns to normal.
On 26 June, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights on the internet. The resolution, entitled 'The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet', was adopted unanimously.
Many people will be travelling during their holidays this summer. Although some will travel abroad, there is also considerable interest in holidaying in Sweden, among Swedes as well as tourists from other countries. You can read more below about what the Government is doing to make your holiday easier - in Sweden and abroad.
Sweden has been a pioneer in introducing financial policy instruments to improve the climate and the environment. This is stated by the OECD in its review of Swedish environmental policy in 2004-2012.
The assessment and recommendations from OECD's environmental performance review of Sweden 2004-2012 were released on 11th June 2014, by Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, and Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, Sweden.