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.
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.
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.
Brexit and the EU’s future relationship with the UK
This page contains more information on how the Government and the Government Offices are working in response to Brexit.
Projects and Strategies
Increased participation in the EU
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.
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.
Content about Sweden in the EU
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Sweden gathers Member States to protest against European minimum wages
At Sweden’s initiative, several EU Member States gathered to discuss the Minimum Wage Directive. The meeting resulted in several Member States joining together to send a letter to the EU Presidency. In the letter, the ministers object to the way the issue has been handled, and suggest that a legally binding directive is not the right approach.
Negative COVID-19 test required for entry into Sweden
The Government today decided that foreign nationals will have to present a negative test result for ongoing COVID-19 infection upon entry into Sweden, regardless of where they are arriving from. The aim is to reduce the risk of spreading the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been detected in a number of countries.
Amendments to ban on entry from United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark
The Swedish Government decided today on certain amendments to the ban on entering Sweden from the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark. The amendments include an exemption from the entry ban for people who are to receive certain types of care in Sweden.
European Council on vaccine coordination
Vaccine coordination was the main topic on the agenda when Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met other EU leaders via a video conference on Thursday afternoon. They also discussed the production and distribution of vaccines and cooperation with countries outside the EU.
Vaccine coordination on European Council agenda
Coordination of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts will be the main topic for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other EU leaders when they meet by video conference on Thursday afternoon. Production and distribution of vaccines and cooperation with countries outside the EU are other topics that the heads of states and government will address.
Certain amendments to the ban on entry from the UK and Denmark
The Government decided today on certain amendments to the ban on entry into Sweden from the United Kingdom and Denmark. The amendments have been made to enable children and parents to spend time together and to facilitate certain medical transport services from Denmark. In addition, the time-limited ordinance will be extended until 31 January 2021.
Amendments to the exemption from the entry ban for residents of Uruguay
The Government has today decided on amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. The amendments concern the 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.
Negative COVID-19 test result required for entry into Sweden from UK
The Government decided today on a change to the entry ban that applies for travel to Sweden from the UK. The aim is to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, especially the new variant of the virus discovered in the UK.