News from the Government and Government Offices
Cooperation to combat effects of drought and heat
The prolonged heat and drought have had significant consequences for society. At present, a large number of forest fires are raging around the country and agriculture has been seriously affected by the drought. The high temperatures can also have an impact on people’s health, particularly the sick and elderly. The Government is following developments carefully and is working closely with the responsible authorities to manage the situation.
Sweden holds the Presidency of the UN Security Council
In July, Sweden will once again hold the Presidency of the UN Security Council. This is Sweden’s second and final Presidency during our two-year membership in 2017–2018. Respect for international law, human rights, gender equality and a humanitarian perspective are fundamental to our efforts.
Key acts and ordinances entering into force around the second half of 2018
This compilation contains a selection of acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that entered into force around the second half of 2018.
Welfare needs rise as we live longer
On 21 June, the Ministry of Finance presented its latest forecast for the economy and public finances, along with a new analysis of future demographic needs. “Sweden is undergoing a demographic shift, as we are living longer and having more children. By 2026, we will need to have built more than 2 000 preschools, schools and homes for older people. We need to employ more than 150 000 additional welfare sector workers. This will be the major task of the coming electoral period. So we cannot afford to cut taxes for those who earn the most,” said Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.
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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