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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to receive European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
On Monday 14 June, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius.
Amendment to exemptions from entry ban for residents of Japan
The Government has decided on an amendment to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendment concerns an exemption for residents of a certain specified non-EU country and is in line with the Council of the European Union’s latest recommendation to EU Member States.
Questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden
The Government has decided to extend the entry bans for foreign citizens who cannot present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival in Sweden. A temporary ban on non-essential travel to the EU via Sweden, introduced following a call from the European Council and the European Commission, has been in effect since March 2020. Since February it also includes a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into Sweden. The ban includes certain exemptions. To travel to Sweden from countries outside the EU/ EEA, you must be covered by at least one of the exemptions from the entry ban and also be able to present a negative COVID-19 test or be exempt from the test requirement. These rules have been extended to apply until 31 August 2021. A separate entry ban with a testing requirement for entry from EEA states and certain other states has also been in force since February. To travel to Sweden from EEA states and certain other states, you must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test or be exempt from the test requirement. These rules have been extended to apply until 30 June 2021. However, as of 31 May 2021, no entry restrictions apply to travel from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
Speech by Mr Morgan Johansson on Twenty years of Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to EU documents
Webinar 28 May 2021, organised by the Academy of Finland project ‘Transparency in the EU – From Reaction to Manifesto’ (TrUE), Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and in cooperation with the Open Government in the EU Blog Check against delivery
Statement by Mr Morgan Johansson on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation
Special session of the General Assembly, United Nations, New York, 2–4 June 2021 Check against delivery
Sweden’s recovery plan within the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility
In July 2020, EU heads of state and government agreed on a recovery package to mitigate the effects of the crisis. The package, called NextGenerationEU, comprises EUR 750 billion (2018 prices) in loans and grants to Member States. The main part of this will be channelled through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). On 28 May 2021, Sweden submitted its recovery plan to the EU.
Entry ban on travel to Sweden extended, but entry restrictions from Nordic countries lifted
The Government has decided to maintain the entry ban to Sweden for travel from third countries, i.e. outside the EU/EEA. The entry ban on travel from EU/EEA countries, which involves a ban against entering Sweden unless a negative COVID-19 test result can be presented, will also be extended. However, the Nordic countries will be exempted from the entry restrictions as of 31 May.
Sweden’s National Reform Programme 2021
Each year Member States submit a national reform programme to the Commission, which reports on implementation of the European Semester, which is a framework for the coordination of economic policies across the European Union, in national policies.
Belarus and climate action key issues at the EU Summit
Discussions at the special meeting of the European Council on 24 May were dominated by the events in Belarus involving the forced landing of a passenger plane in Minsk to detain a journalist. The EU leaders also discussed the situation in Russia. On 25 May, discussions mainly centred on EU climate action and vaccine coordination.
Climate change and Russia on European Council agenda
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet with other EU leaders at the European Council in Brussels on 24–25 May. Items on the agenda include climate action, vaccine coordination and the situation in Russia. The EU leaders will also discuss the EU’s relations with the UK.