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The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region ten years
This month, October 2019, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will turn officially ten years. What has this strategy entailed for Sweden, and what are the challenges facing the Baltic Sea Region today? We asked Hans Dahlgren, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs.
Brexit, enlargement and the long-term budget at the EU Summit
Brexit, EU enlargement and the EU’s long-term budget were among the issues that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven raised when he met his EU colleagues on 17–18 October. The heads of state and government also discussed the situation in Syria and Turkey.
Extension of the exemption from application and tuition fees in the event of a no-deal Brexit
A temporary exemption from application and tuition fees at institutions of higher education was previously introduced for certain British citizens to mitigate the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. The UK's withdrawal has since been postponed until 31 October 2019, and the Government has therefore decided to extend the temporary exemption from application and tuition fees.
The Government’s work on gender-responsive budgeting
Sweden’s Government is a feminist government, and work for equality between women and men is important to the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party. The Government’s budget must be designed so that it contributes to gender equality. The Government Offices therefore continuously works with gender-responsive budgeting, which also affects efforts to implement the January Agreement.
Ibrahim Baylan travels to Paris to develop cooperation on digital transformation and AI
Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan is travelling to Paris to meet with his French counterparts. The purpose of the visit is to take a further step under the Swedish-French partnership for innovation in the area of sustainable digital transformation and artificial intelligence (AI). The promotion of French investments in Sweden and discussions on the EU’s industrial policy will also be in focus during the visit.
Brexit and the EU’s long-term budget at the EU Summit
On Thursday and Friday, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet his EU colleagues in Brussels. The meeting will be dominated by Brexit and discussions on the EU’s long-term budget for 2021–2027. The heads of state and government will also discuss EU enlargement and climate change.
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Fisheries Council agreed on fishing quotas in the Baltic Sea
Targeted cod fishing in the eastern Baltic Sea will be banned in 2020, and the opportunities for cod fishing in the western part will be substantially reduced. This was agreed by the EU ministers of agriculture and fisheries on 14–15 October. Minister for Rural Affairs Jennie Nilsson represented Sweden.
National report on human rights in Sweden submitted to the UN
As part of the third cycle of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR), Sweden has on 14 October submitted a national report to the UN regarding the following up of the recommendations made to Sweden at the most recent review in January 2015.
Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. It is now time for Sweden to be reviewed within the framework of the third cycle of the UPR.