For the first time, the Government's 2013 action plan for alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco (ANDT) policy provides a picture of the overall development of ANDT policy in the period 2000-2012.
"As the Minister responsible for children's affairs, I am particularly pleased that alcohol and tobacco use is continuing to decline among girls and boys in year nine of compulsory school. This also gives reason to hope that fewer and fewer parents are offering alcohol to, or buying alcohol for, their children," says Maria Larsson, the Minister responsible for ANDT policy.
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 re-use of public administration documents is regulated by the Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive. Negotiations on the Commission's proposed amendments to the PSI Directive are to be concluded in spring 2013 and the Swedish Government has now decided to order an inquiry on how the Directive should be implemented in Swedish law. The task of the inquiry includes making it easier for companies and others to access and use public information.
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.
The Minister for Children and the Elderly looks back at the past year and talks about the political initiatives that make her feel particularly pleased and proud.
Today, 26 November 2012, Sweden and India have signed a social insurance agreement that makes it easier for Swedish citizens to work in India and for Indian citizens to work in Sweden.
The Government has established a special coordination function at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to support work on the Governments action plan for targeted initiatives in the area of mental illness. Anders Printz has been tasked with leading the function at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
Programme launched for Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt today presented the main programme points for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2013. The programme focuses on young people's social exclusion. Areas under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs that will be discussed include children's rights, elderly care, social insurance and the construction sector.
Minister for Children and the Elderly studied the situation of children in Asia
The rights of the child were the focus during Minister for Children and the Elderly Maria Larsson's visit to Thailand and Vietnam. With increased Swedish knowledge of children's situation, Sweden and the two countries will be in a position to develop their cooperation. Ms Larsson visited Asia on 29 September-7 October.
The Government has appointed Michael Anefur as National Homelessness Coordinator for the period 2012-2013. He will support municipalities to create a long-term, sustainable structure and efficient routines in their efforts to combat homelessness and exclusion from the housing market, and to prevent evictions, particularly of families with children.