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.

Stefan Löfven speaking on a press conference.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven represents Sweden in the European Council. Photo: The European Council

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.

Map over the European Union.
The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas. Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

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.

Projects and Strategies

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The aim of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is to meet the challenges common to the countries in the Baltic Sea Region today. The Strategy has three main objectives: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity.

Europe 2020

The Europe 2020 Strategy is the EU common strategy for growth and jobs that has been in place since June 2010. The aim of the Europe 2020 strategy is to stimulate the economies of the Member States and so create increased growth and more jobs. The strategy has three overall priorities that are mutually reinforcing: Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation, Sustainable growth: promote a more resource-efficient, greener and more competitive economy, and Inclusive growth: stimulating an economy with high employment and social and territorial cohesion.

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