Sweden in the EU
Being a member of the EU means that Sweden has a direct influence on and is directly affected by EU decisions. The Government’s main role in the EU context is to represent Sweden in the European Council and in the Council of the European Union.
Sweden’s work in the European Council
The European Council determines the EU’s general political guidelines and priorities. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven represents Sweden in the European Council.
EU policy areas
The EU Member States work together in the Council of the European Union, also known as the Council. The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas, each of which has its own configuration.
The Swedish Governments overall EU priorities for 2015
More jobs and sustainable growth
The EU must continue to focus on creating more jobs and increased growth.
Fair conditions on the labour market
A common European labour market must not lead to poorer conditions or weaker protection for the workers of Europe.
Focus on gender equality
Gender equality is a matter of power and rights, but also of potential for societal change and competitiveness.
A forward-looking, ambitious environment, energy and climate policy
The EU should lead this work, including at global level.
Global engagement and a more secure neighbourhood
In a time of insecurity and conflict, the EU and Sweden must be a strong voice for peace, security, development, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
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