Mats Melin to chair COVID-19 inquiry in Sweden
The Government has today, 30 June 2020, appointed a committee of inquiry to evaluate the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. The committee chair will be Mats Melin.
The Government has decided to appoint a committee of inquiry with instructions to evaluate the measures taken by the Government, administrative authorities and municipalities to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and the effects of its spread. The inquiry will also conduct an international comparison with relevant countries of the various measures that have been taken.
The inquiry will:
• evaluate how the crisis management organisations of the Government Offices, relevant administrative authorities, regions and municipalities have functioned during the pandemic;
• evaluate how the responsibility principle and geographical area responsibility have functioned during the crisis; and
• present proposals of measures that the inquiry’s observations give rise to .
The Government has appointed Mats Melin as inquiry chair. He was a Justice and President of the Supreme Administrative Court between 2011 and 2018. Prior to that he was Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman between 2004 and 2011. Mr Melin has participated in several central government inquiries and has also served at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The inquiry is to submit its final report by 28 February 2022. Two interim reports are to be presented, one on 30 November 2020 and the other on 31 October 2021. The first interim report is to concern the spread of the virus in the health and social care of older people.