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 – 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
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.
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Sweden's migration and asylum policy
The Government’s objective is to ensure a sustainable migration policy that safeguards the right of asylum and, within the framework of managed immigration, facilitates mobility across borders, promotes demand-driven labour migration, harnesses and takes account of the development impact of migration, and deepens European and international cooperation. This fact sheet outlines the Government’s current work in this area.
Top positions at special meeting of the European Council
On 30 June, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet the heads of state or government of the EU Member States. At the Special Europe Council, they will continue their talks on the EU’s top positions, including who will become President of the European Commission for the next five years.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to receive Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is scheduled to receive Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on Thursday 27 June.
Top positions and future issues at EU summit
The EU’s strategic agenda for the coming institutional cycle, the long-term budget, appointments to several top EU positions and external relations are on the agenda as the heads of state and government meet in Brussels on 20–21 June.
The EU’s Strategic Agenda: Sweden’s priorities for the years 2019–2024
During its meeting on 20–21 June, the European Council is expected to adopt the Strategic Agenda, which describes the issues the EU will prioritise over the coming five years. You can read more here about Sweden’s positions in the discussion.
Sweden leads transition to fossil-free Europe by 2050
What is needed for the EU to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050? This question was the focus of a seminar at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union on 4 June, attended by Swedish experts and industry representatives.
Next phase in innovation partnership between Sweden and France now begins
When Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met French President Emmanuel Macron today in Paris, the countries’ strategic partnership for innovation, digital transformation and green solutions was updated and deepened. When Mr Löfven and Mr Macron entered into the partnership in November 2017, it was agreed that Sweden and France needed to work together in a number of strategic areas to better address digital transformation and climate adaptation.
Declaration between France and Sweden on cooperation in European affairs and an update of the French-Swedish partnership for innovation and green solutions
Sweden and France have today taken a new step to further increase our bilateral cooperation, at national level, within the European Union and globally.
Sweden hosted expert meeting on tribunal
Today, Sweden hosted a meeting of experts at senior official level, with participants from eleven EU countries, including Sweden, Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands, and representatives of the EU and the UN. During the meeting in Stockholm today, the senior officials discussed matters related to accountability for crimes committed in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
Sweden to host expert meeting on ISIS tribunal
On Monday 3 June, civil servants from Sweden, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and other countries and organisations will take part in an expert meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a tribunal or some other legal mechanism to prosecute people who fought for the terrorist group ISIS on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg will be available for comment in connection with the meeting.