Government newsletter - An ecologically sustainable and competitive energy policy ensuring security of supply
The Government's long-term energy policy priority is to design an energy system that combines ecological sustainability with competitiveness and security of supply. The challenge of climate change, closely linked with energy, is one of the major challenges facing society. Tackling this challenge requires investment in new technologies. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
On 22 November the Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted a worldwide book club - Storytellers of Sweden. During the course of the day various literary activities were held, such as panel debates and readings by more than 20 Swedish authors, including PO Enqvist, Majgull Axelsson and Camilla Läckberg. The event was conducted in English and was webcast.
Today the Government decided on guidelines for central government debt management. The direction of debt policy remains unchanged. The Government's decision places more focus on the robustness of the debt by emphasising refinancing risks and increasing long-term financing to some extent.
Comments from Swedish EU-minister Birgitta Ohlsson regarding the revised proposal, presented by the President of the European council, for the next long-term EU budget:
- It is provocative that the value of the Swedish rebate is further reduced, especially so when other member states see their rebates increasing. Sweden cannot accept that the value of our rebate is reduced compared to the current budget.
So far the Government has implemented a range of reforms to lower the thresholds encountered by young people seeking to enter the labour market. In the Budget Bill for 2013, the Government proposes further initiatives in a youth package totalling SEK 8.1 billion, which will create more paths to jobs for young people.
The Research and Innovation Bill contains a resource boost for Swedish research in the form of an increase in appropriations of SEK 4 billion. Increased basic resources for universities and other higher education institutions, and major investments in life sciences research are important components. Read more in this week's Government newsletter.
Email addresses at the Government Offices change today. All employees at the Government Offices and Swedish missions abroad will have a common email address in the format of email@example.com. The old email addresses will continue to work for twelve months after the change.
Alongside climate change, biodiversity is our biggest environmental challenge and a cornerstone of the Government's environmental policy. The Government is working to ensure that the preservation of biodiversity is a natural component of all sectors that use land and water.
Minister for Education Jan Björklund today presented the Government's resource and innovation bill. The bill contains a new major resource boost for Swedish research. Appropriations will increase by SEK 4 billion. Long-term investments in frontier research, increased basic resources to universities and higher education institutions, and major investments in life sciences research are important components.
Sweden - the new culinary nation is the Government's vision of creating new jobs and growth all around the country through initiatives focusing on cuisine and food production in combination with experiences. Since the vision's launch in 2008, Sweden - the new culinary nation has grown to cover the entire food chain. From farm to fork, from school kitchens to luxury restaurants. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.