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Conference on need for reforms for more jobs and stable growth

On 7 September, the Ministry of Finance held a conference on the need for reforms to bring about more jobs and stable growth, and what Sweden can learn from the German economy. The conference was webcast live. German Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble and Swedish Minister for Finance Anders Borg were among the participants and their press meeting at the conclusion of the conference was also webcast live. You can select which part of the conference you would like to see by clicking on the arrow to the right in the player.

Increased reform scope to focus on investment in more jobs

The Swedish economy is showing resilience. The country's public finances are among the strongest in Europe, which provides scope for boosting investment to create more jobs in growing enterprises, while policies aimed at reducing exclusion and creating more paths into jobs for people who are far removed from the labour market will continue.

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High capital adequacy - an important issue for the Government

Since 15 May, EU countries have had the option of independently imposing stricter capital requirements on their major banks. This is good news for the Swedish Government, which has developed a framework for financial stability. Minister for Financial Markets Peter Norman explains why the issue is so important to Sweden.

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IMF and Sweden host international conference on fiscal consolidation and budgetary frameworks

The Swedish Finance Ministry and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are convening a high-level conference in Stockholm on May 7-8, 2012. The conference will bring together policy-makers, practitioners, and academics from around the world to review current fiscal programs, discuss options, and propose solutions. In particular, the conference will focus on designing and implementing medium-term plans that restore fiscal sustainability while promoting broad-based economic growth. Among the participants are Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg, IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, Deputy Minister of Economic and Finance in Italy Vittorio Grilli and the Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis.

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Comment by Anders Borg before today's Ecofin meeting

On 2 May, Minister for Finance Anders Borg meets the press before the Ecofin Council meeting in Brussels.

A policy to promote jobs and welfare

The Swedish economy is expected to slow down markedly in 2012 in the wake of the European debt crisis. Given the risk of significantly weaker economic growth, the need remains for good safety margins in the public finances so as to continue to have the capacity to cushion the impact of a deeper crisis on jobs and welfare. Consequently, there will be limited scope for reforms in the budget for 2013. This scope should be used primarily for measures that prevent unemployment becoming persistent, strengthen the functioning of the economy, improve the financial position of vulnerable groups and strengthen welfare.

Anders Borg and Gunilla Carlsson present this year' World Bank report on gender equality as smart economics

On 31 January, Minister for Finance Anders Borg and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson are to present the World Development Report 2012 in Stockholm, together with the report' principle author, Dr Ana Revenga (World Bank).

Proposal on higher capital adequacy requirements to reduce vulnerability of the Swedish economy

The Government is to propose higher capital adequacy requirements for systemically important banks in an effort to strengthen the stability of the Swedish banking system and reduce the vulnerability of the Swedish economy. The proposal means that the banks are to have core Tier 1 capital equivalent to at least 10 per cent of risk-weighted assets in 2013 and 12 per cent of risk-weighted assets in 2015. Minister for Financial Markets Peter Norman will give a more detailed presentation at a press conference today.

Framework for state budget set by the Riksdag

The Riksdag set the framework for Sweden's state budget 2012 on 23 November. This first decision concerning the Budget Bill means that the Riksdag has adopted the Government's proposal for the direction of fiscal policy, estimated central government revenues and financial frameworks for the 27 expenditure areas.

The Riksdag considers the Government's budget proposal in two stages. In the first stage, the Riksdag takes a decision on the framework for the state budget and, in connection with this, an economic policy debate is held in the Riksdag. The next stage involves the Riksdag taking a decision on how expenditures are to be distributed in each individual expenditure area. This work continues until the end of December. The Budget Bill is finalised when the Riksdag has taken decisions on all 27 expenditure areas. The preliminary date for this is 20 December.

Anders Borg ranked as the best EU-finance minister 2011

Financial Times has ranked Anders Borg as the best EU-finance minister 2011. The ranking is based on political ability, economic performance and credibility in the markets. Anders Borg gets the highest rank in all of the categories. In connection Financial Times has interviewed Anders Borg on the economic situation in Europe.