News from the Government and Government Offices
Substantial investment in total defence
In the government bill ‘Totalförsvaret 2021–2025’ (Total Defence 2021–2025), the Government is proposing a substantial increase of capabilities in both military and civilian defence. The bill includes proposals on a new and expanded war organisation with reinforcements in all branches and functions of defence, as well as the re-establishment of five regiments and one air wing. The bill also includes substantial investment in military equipment, reinforcements of cyber defence, ammunition and foreign intelligence capabilities, and a doubling of basic-training volumes. Within the civilian defence, resilience is strengthened in several important societal functions.
The Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.
Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 22 December 2020
To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Government today decided to extend the entry ban until 22 December 2020.
Climate change, Brexit and COVID-19 at the EU summit
The European Union’s future relations with the United Kingdom and climate targets for 2030 were on the agenda when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met the other EU leaders in Brussels on 15–16 October. The heads of state and government also discussed EU-Africa relations and the COVID-19 situation in the EU.
Budget Bill for 2021: Working Sweden out of the crisis – together
The Government is presenting the Budget Bill for 2021 to the Riksdag today. The Government proposes a powerful, green restart package for the Swedish economy, but also long-term reforms that will help solve societal problems.
Changes to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice against travel
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Romania. The decision enters into force on 27 August. At the same time, the decision regarding advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom is extended until 15 November.