The Prime Minister’s Office consists of several offices and secretariats. The Office is headed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and includes Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren.
State secretaries work directly under the ministers. They assist the ministers in planning, coordination and follow-up of the Office’s activities.
Prime Minister and Prime Minister’s Secretariat
Staff at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat manage the Prime Minister’s engagements. They also work on the Government’s overall political strategy. The Secretariat also includes a press division, which is responsible for media relations.
Nils Vikmång, Madeleine Harby Samuelsson and Karin Wallensteen are state secretaries to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Nils Vikmång supports the Prime Minister in his role as head of government and head of the Government Offices. After the Prime Minister, he also has responsibility for the management and allocation of work in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Madeleine Harby Samuelsson is responsible for home affairs and the Prime Minister’s schedule. Karin Wallensteen is responsible for foreign affairs and the Government’s Security Policy Council. Regarding EU issues and bilateral engagement in Europe, the Prime Minister is supported by the State Secretary to the Minister for EU Affairs (see Office of the Minister for EU Affairs).
The Prime Minister's Office includes the Policy Coordination Secretariat, the EU Coordination Secretariat, the Office of the Director-General for Legal Affairs, the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Secretariat for Legal and Linguistic Draft Revision and the Government Offices Internal Audit Office.
Policy Coordination Secretariat
The two parties in government share the responsibility for moving the Government's work forward and both are to influence decisions. A Policy Coordination Secretariat at the Prime Minister's Office ensures that the policies implemented are those the two parties have agreed on.
The Secretariat consists of a State Secretary for each of the parties in government, currently Mats Andersson and Maria Ferm.
Office of the Minister for EU Affairs
Staff at the Office of the Minister for EU Affairs manage the Minister for EU Affairs’ engagements. The Office also includes a press secretary, who is responsible for media relations.
Paula Carvalho Olovsson is State Secretary to the Minister for EU Affairs. She has corresponding responsibilities to the Prime Minister regarding EU affairs and bilateral engagement in Europe.
Office of the Director-General for Legal Affairs
The Director-General for Legal Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office has special responsibility for coordination of legal and linguistic issues within the Government Offices to promote consistency and high standards in legislation and administration. The Director-General for Legal Affairs ensures that legislative and administrative matters are prepared at the Prime Minister's Office so as to ensure legality, consistency and uniformity. The Director-General for Legal Affairs is also the office's head of security.
The Office includes lawyers who assist the Director-General for Legal Affairs in administrative and other duties associated with the position, and in advising other parts of the Prime Minister's Office on legal matters.
The Head of Security for the Prime Minister's Office is also posted in the Office of the Director-General for Legal Affairs, which in addition includes the Cabinet Minutes Office.
Office of the Permanent Secretary
The Permanent Secretary is in charge of preparatory work on the Government Offices appropriation, contacts with the Swedish National Audit Office, and development and efficiency measures.
The Permanent Secretary is Head of the Office for Administrative Affairs but in organisational terms belongs to the Prime Minister's Office. This means that the responsibility for the administrative development of the Government Offices rests with the Prime Minister's Office.
Under the Prime Minister's State Secretary, the Permanent Secretary also has overall responsibility for the administration and budget of the Prime Minister's Office.
The Office of the Permanent Secretary also includes the Director-General for Human Resources who manages and coordinates human resources work throughout the Government Offices.
The task of the Office is to provide support to the Permanent Secretary – as Permanent Secretary at the Government Offices and as Head of the Office for Administrative Affairs – and to the Director-General for Human Resources. The Office also prepares and coordinates matters relating to expenditure area 1 of the central government budget ('Governance') and the Government Offices appropriation.
The Office of the Permanent Secretary provides support to the Prime Minister's Office in the areas of administration and human resources. Furthermore, it is involved in various aspects of the organisation, development and efficiency of the Government Offices and the coordination of its contacts with the Swedish National Audit Office.
Secretariat for Legal and Linguistic Draft Revision
The Secretariat for Legal and Linguistic Draft Revision is responsible for legal and linguistic quality control of draft legislation from all ministries. The Secretariat reviews proposals referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, government bills, committee terms of reference, etc., for legality, consistency, uniformity and comprehensibility. The Secretariat provides advice and participates in training and other development projects to improve the quality of Government Offices texts.
In addition, the Secretariat administers the Swedish Code of Statutes (SFS) and the legal databases at the Government Offices, and handles contacts between the Government Offices and the Council on Legislation.
Internal Audit Office
The task of the Internal Audit Office is to conduct internal audits of all Government Offices activities, including committees and Sweden's foreign representation.
The purpose of the audits is to provide an independent review of internal control at the Government Offices and how the Government Offices meets its financial reporting obligations. Auditing activities are regulated in instructions and work procedures.