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.

Responsible ministers
Stefan Löfven
Responsible ministries
Prime Minister's Office
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.

The Swedish Government's 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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