Sweden in the EU

Being a member of the EU means that Sweden has a direct influence on and is directly affected by EU decisions. The Government’s main role in the EU context is to represent Sweden in the European Council and in the Council of the European Union.

Stefan Löfven speaking on a press conference.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven represents Sweden in the European Council. Photo: The European Council

Sweden’s work in the European Council

The European Council determines the EU’s general political guidelines and priorities. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven represents Sweden in the European Council.

Map over the European Union.
The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas. Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

EU policy areas

The EU Member States work together in the Council of the European Union, also known as the Council. The work of the Council is divided into ten policy areas, each of which has its own configuration.

European Union 2017 Källa: Audiovisual Service Foto: Mauro Bottaro

Brexit – the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU

This page contains more information on how the Government and the Government Offices are working in response to Brexit. It describes how Sweden is preparing for Brexit, including contingency planning for a no-deal withdrawal.

Projects and Strategies

The EU handshake

The Swedish Government is working to strengthen participation, knowledge and engagement in EU-related issues in Sweden. In cooperation with relevant actors in society, the Government is creating better conditions for citizens to participate in EU affairs and influence decisions taken at EU level.

Europe 2020

The Europe 2020 Strategy is the EU common strategy for growth and jobs that has been in place since June 2010. The aim of the Europe 2020 strategy is to stimulate the economies of the Member States and so create increased growth and more jobs.

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The aim of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is to meet the challenges common to the countries in the Baltic Sea Region today. The Strategy has three main objectives: saving the sea, connecting the region and increasing prosperity.

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  • The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019

    On 13 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2019 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. Check against delivery.

    The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
  • Reinstated border control at Sweden’s internal border

    The Government has decided to reinstate internal border control for three months. The decision is based on the Government’s assessment that there is still a threat to public policy and internal security.

    Reinstated border control at Sweden’s internal border
  • Proposals aiming to offer EU citizens continued entitlement to social security benefits after Brexit

    In the social security area, the immediate effect of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is that central EU legal provisions will no longer apply. To prevent any acute consequences, the Government is planning to take measures that will primarily mitigate the effects that may arise for individuals during the initial period after the withdrawal. The proposals aim to allow a period of adjustment.

    Proposals aiming to offer EU citizens continued entitlement to social security benefits after Brexit
  • Eastern Partnership

    The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a part of the EU European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and plays an important role in strengthening the EU’s relations with six partner countries in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus. The aims and principles of the EaP have been established at five summits, most recently in Brussels in 2017.

    Eastern Partnership
  • Sweden’s draft integrated national energy and climate plan

    This report has been written in accordance with EU regulation 2018/1999/EU on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action. The draft integrated energy and climate plan is a summary of Sweden’s climate change and energy policies and scenarios based on these. The first integrated plan is to be submitted to the Commission at the end of 2019.

    Sweden’s draft integrated national energy and climate plan
  • Setback in process for an orderly withdrawal

    On 15 January, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament voted by a large majority to reject the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. This means a setback in the process for an orderly UK withdrawal. It does not mean that the process has ended.

    Setback in process for an orderly withdrawal
  • Proposals to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for UK nationals in Sweden

    In a memorandum, proposals are presented that aim to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for United Kingdom nationals currently living and working in Sweden. The proposals will only become relevant should the UK leave the European Union without an agreement on transition regulations being in place.

    Proposals to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for UK nationals in Sweden
  • Brexit and the long-term budget at the EU Summit

    Discussions about Brexit and the long-term EU budget for the period 2021–2027 dominated the European Council on 13–14 December. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other heads of state and government adopted a number of conclusions on migration, disinformation, climate change and internal market cooperation. The Council ended with a discussion of EMU cooperation.

    Brexit and the long-term budget at the EU Summit
  • Brexit and EU budget on the agenda when EU leaders meet

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

    Brexit, the EU budget for 2021–2027 (Multiannual Financial Framework), foreign policy and migration are some of the issues to be addressed when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the other EU leaders meet in Brussels on 13–14 December.

    Brexit and EU budget on the agenda when EU leaders meet
  • Report on Swedish efforts related to the initiative on citizens’ consultations

    As part of the national reporting under the French initiative on citizens’ consultations on the future of the EU, the Swedish Government has reported its efforts for increased participation, knowledge and engagement on EU issues to the European Council. The themes primarily raised during the EU thematic consultation forums and the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies’ discussion tour about the future of Europe, are also included in the report, which you can access below. The Member State reports are expected to be noted by the European Council on 13–14 December 2018.

    Report on Swedish efforts related to the initiative on citizens’ consultations