Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy relieved of his duties
Having been elected Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström has been relieved of his duties. Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask is now responsible for migration and asylum policy.
Elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies were held on Sunday 14 September 2014. On Monday 15 September, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt visited the Speaker of the Riksdag and requested to be relieved of his duties.
The elections to the Riksdag and the municipal and county council assemblies will be held on Sunday 14 September 2014. Elections are the most important means by which citizens can influence politics and at the same time demand accountability for the policies that have been pursued. High voter turnout is a sign of a robust and well-functioning democracy. When more people vote, voter participation is more equal and the election results more accurately reflect citizens' views.
New President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy appointed
The EU heads of state and government have appointed Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk as new President of the European Council and Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Federica Mogherini as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The decision was taken at a special summit in Brussels on 30 August.
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.