On 15 May, ministers and delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of the indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, researchers and observers gathered in Kiruna. Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and minister for the Environment Lena Ek participated. The ministerial meeting was attended by around 300 people and marked the end of the Swedish chairmanship and the start of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
On Tuesday 14 May, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received US Secretary of State John F. Kerry in Stockholm for talks. Discussion points at the meeting focused on current foreign policy issues, including the developments in Syria, the possibility of stepping up the Middle East peace process and the international community's future engagement in Afghanistan. They also discussed the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.
It is important that young people find jobs and become independent. The Government has implemented a number of reforms and initiatives to make it easier for young people to enter the labour market and these efforts are continuing. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
On 9-10 May, Minister for Finance Anders Borg ,Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, and Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson will be taking part in the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Cape Town. On 5-12 May, in connection with the WEF, some of the ministers will also visit Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe.
On 15 May approximately 300 people - ministers, delegates from the eight Arctic states, representatives of indigenous peoples, scientists and observers - will gather in Kiruna in the north of Sweden to mark the end of the two-year Swedish chairmanship and the beginning of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Minister for the Environment Lena Ek will participate.
Health and medical care services in Sweden are to offer people accessible, efficient and good-quality care that is tailored to their needs. The Government has introduced several reforms to strengthen the position of patients by increasing freedom of choice and accessibility to care services and aiming to reduce numbers of healthcare-related injuries. Read more about this in the government newsletter.
The Prime Minister received Lithuania's Prime Minister
Today Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius for discussions. The agenda for the meeting included discussions on Lithuania's preparations ahead of the EU Presidency in autumn 2013, economic crisis management in Europe and bilateral issues between Sweden and Lithuania.
Increased cooperation between county councils and municipalities is to improve care for people with substance abuse and addiction problems. On 14 March the Government adopted the bill 'High quality and increased accessibility in substance abuse and addiction care'.
The global financial and debt crisis is now in its fifth year. The Government is continuing to counter the weak economic situation with a responsible fiscal policy for jobs and stability. In the 2013 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government is proposing additional measures in education, work experience, infrastructure and regional development. All in all, the Government is investing some SEK 3 billion in 2013 and 2014, the greater part of it this year.