News from the Government and Government Offices
Sweden during UN high-level week
The UN General Assembly high-level debate began on 25 September and runs until 1 October. The Swedish delegation was headed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Minister Wallström also took part in a number of events related to Sweden’s membership of the UN Security Council.
Prime Minister to lead a transitional government
On 25 September, in accordance with the provisions of the Swedish Constitution, a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister was held in the Riksdag. Because Prime Minister Stefan Löfven did not secure adequate support in the Riksdag, the Speaker of the Riksdag has relieved the Prime Minister and the other ministers of their duties.
Prioritisation will be necessary in next electoral period
Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson today presented the latest economic forecast from the Ministry of Finance and the focus of the budget during the Government’s discussions at Harpsund.
An intensive, results-driven and inclusive presidency has ended
As President of the UN Security Council, Sweden has been responsible for the Security Council’s very broad agenda and led its intensive day-to-day work. The Security Council’s primary purpose is to maintain international peace and security, and Sweden has contributed to these efforts by focusing on results, dialogue and inclusive leadership.
The Swedish Government’s overall EU priorities
By highlighting the most important issues in EU work for the fourth time in this electoral term, the Government is focusing its efforts where they are best needed, which enhances Sweden’s ability to influence developments. In 2018 the Government will give particular priority to questions concerning a social Europe for jobs and inclusive growth; an ambitious climate, energy and environment policy; a common asylum system and expanded cooperation on migration; and a secure EU in a secure world.
Minister for Foreign Affairs presented Government Statement of Foreign Policy
On 14 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The traditional foreign policy debate followed. The Statement of Foreign Policy outlines the Government’s visions for Sweden’s work in the world and Swedish foreign policy positions.
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