Minister for Social Security
“Our welfare system is the backbone of the Swedish model, playing a crucial role in people’s security throughout their lives. Smart, robust common systems for welfare, redistribution and financial security at different stages of life ensure that we build a society that not only stands together – but that also enables people to grow and take chances. I want to strengthen this security and invest in welfare and people.”
News from Annika Strandhäll
Sustainable pensions: Improved basic protection for pensioners and a gradual increase in retirement age
The Government wants to raise pensions. The Government and the Working Group on Pensions have therefore proposed a number of pension measures in bills submitted to the Riksdag on 28 May. The Working Group on Pensions includes the governing parties – the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the Green Party – and the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats.
Sweden and Japan sign social security agreement
On April 11, Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and Japan’s Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki signed a social security agreement between the two countries. The agreement coordinates the Swedish and Japanese public old-age, survivors’ and disability pensions systems.
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Government reshuffle, 27 July 2017
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven today announced a government reshuffle. Three ministers have chosen to leave their posts, two new ministers have been appointed, and two ministers have been entrusted with revised areas of responsibility.
Sweden is ready to host the EMA
Sweden is determined to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Stockholm and is ready for seamless relocation. The Swedish Prime Minister has written to the President of the European Council, Mr Tusk, expressing Sweden’s wholehearted ambition to host the EMA.
Changes to the subscription service for content concerning health care, public health and sport
Changes will be made to the subscription service for some areas on government.se from 2 June. This includes ‘Health care’ becoming a subscription area of its own, while ‘Public health and sport’ will be combined within a single area. In order to continue to receive the content you want, you may need to update your subscription on government.se.
The Working Group on Pensions takes a holistic approach on gender-unequal pensions. Within the framework of the ongoing review of pensions, a project – ‘Gender-equal pensions’ – was carried out, aimed at tackling the challenge presented by the large differences in women’s and men’s pensions.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and President Jean-Claude Juncker to host Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth
Together with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will host a Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, focusing on promoting fair jobs and growth.
Budget reforms for increased welfare and security
The Budget Bill for 2017 was presented on the 20th of September. Improvements in sickness and activity compensation, the establishment of a gender equality agency and better dental health for older people are some of the reforms in the areas for which the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible. The Budget Bill for 2017 is based on an agreement between the government parties and the Left Party.
Gender-equal parenting and good conditions for children to grow up in, a review of parental insurance
An Inquiry will conduct a review of the rules for parental leave and parental insurance. The purpose is to identify problems and propose measures so that parental insurance can contribute to a greater extent to gender equality in the labour market and gender-equal parenting and can keep contributing to good conditions for children to grow up in.
“Adapt parental insurance to suit modern working life”
DN Debatt, 4 February 2016. Inquiry terms of reference. The parental insurance system needs to be modernised. It needs to be adapted to better suit entrepreneurs and students and its use facilitated for various kinds of family constellations. Progress towards more gender-equal sharing of parental insurance must be speeded up. The insurance system must also be easy to use.
Strengthen the right of LGBTQ people to be themselves
Opinion article, Newspaper Expressen, 8 february 2016 Legislation must keep pace with developments in society. The Government therefore plans to implement changes that aim to offer the same conditions for everyone, regardless of their choice of partner and type of family, write five government ministers.
Social security agreement signed between Sweden and the Philippines
Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and Philippine representative Emilio S. de Quiros signed a social security agreement between the two countries on Thursday 15 October. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs plans to present a bill on approval of the agreement to the Riksdag in early 2016.