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.
Minister for Trade Ewa Björling is hosting the Swedish-Iraqi Business and Investment Conference in Stockholm 8-9 October. Iraq is represented by four ministers, the deputy prime minister, the governor of Baghdad and the chairperson of Basra's provincial council. In addition, some 50 representatives of Iraq's business sector and over 100 Swedish companies will attend.
To address the housing shortage, the Government has presented several initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2013, including shortening processing times for appeals lodged with county administrative boards and simplifying building regulations for student housing. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
An English version of the Yearbook is now available, presenting statistical data about the Government Offices of Sweden in 2011. The purpose of the Yearbook is to present facts and figures about the organisation, duties and activities of the Government Offices. It also contains a brief presentation of Government ministers in 2011 and a section on sources of information and contacts at the Government Offices.