Today, Tuesday, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra for talks at Rosenbad. Their agenda focused on the bilateral relations between Sweden and Thailand and their future development.
On 27-28 February, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will participate in the Northern Future Forum in Riga, Latvia. The Forum, which brings together the Nordic, Baltic and British prime ministers, first met in London in 2011 and held its second meeting in Stockholm in 2012. The topics of this year's discussions are how to make a green economy more competitive and how to bridge the digital divide in society.
The Northern Future Forum in Riga
Prime Ministers and experts of Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as Great Britain, will arrive in R+ga for the Northern Future Forum to discuss bridging the digital divide in the society and competitiveness of green economy.
School dinners and Swedish and Nordic food will be the focus when Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson visits Washington DC from 27 February to 1 March. Sustainable development in the forestry sector is also on the agenda during the visit.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt presented this year's Statement of Foreign Policy to the Riksdag today. The Riksdag's major foreign policy debate followed the Statement.
This week, the heads of state and government of EU Member States are meeting in Brussels to resume negotiations on the EU's new long-term budget. The negotiations are entering a final phase. The ambition is to reach an agreement before the weekend on the EU's common expenditure and revenue for the period 2014-2020.
The most important step forward at the meeting was discussions on strengthening the joint work on short lived climate pollutants and in particular reduction of black carbon (or soot) from the Arctic countries. Ministers called for urgent action to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants and encouraged establishment of a process aiming for an instrument or other arrangements to reduce emissions of black carbon from the Arctic States. The most important elements of such an instrument were discussed.
Health and elderly care in the future will require more empathy and an increased use of technology. This is one of the conclusions drawn in a recent interim report from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs' LEV project, which is studying the long-term demand for welfare services.
Last weekend, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Minister for Defence Karin Enström attended the annual Munich Security Conference. Among the issues discussed were the situations in Syria and Mali. Mr Bildt also met the UN and Arab League peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.
The Government arranged a half-day seminar on 31 January at which background information about the Forum as well as Sweden's priorities was presented.
Swedish language education for immigrants is not as good as it should be. The Government has therefore decided to expand the remit of the 'Sfi Voucher Inquiry' (Sfi-pengsutredningen). The aim is to reform Swedish language education for immigrants from the ground up.