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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Brexit and climate change at the EU summit
The EU’s future relationship with the UK and climate targets for 2030 are two topics that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other EU leaders will address when they meet in Brussels on 15–16 October. The heads of state and government will also discuss EU-Africa relations and a coordinated approach to COVID-19.
Turkey and Belarus at EU Summit
The EU’s relations with Turkey and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean were on the agenda when EU leaders met in Brussels on 1–2 October. Heads of state and government also received a short update on the negotiations with the United Kingdom.
Belarus, Turkey, China and single market on EU Summit agenda
The situation in Belarus and that in Turkey are two of the foreign policy issues that EU leaders will discuss when they meet in Brussels on 1–2 October. The heads of state and government will also discuss the European single market and relations with China.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to Finland and Slovakia
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has decided to lift the advice against non-essential travel to Finland and Slovakia. The decision comes into force today.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts advice against travel to the United Kingdom
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided today to lift the advice against non-essential travel to the United Kingdom. The decision comes into force with immediate effect.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs lifts its advice against travel to Cyprus
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Cyprus. The decision enters into force on 10 September. The easing of restrictions that have applied to Swedish travellers has been taken into account in the assessment leading to the decision.
Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 31 October 2020
To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the outbreak, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Government today decided to extend the entry ban until 31 October 2020.
Changes to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ advice against travel
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is lifting its advice against non-essential travel to Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Romania. The decision enters into force on 27 August. At the same time, the decision regarding advice against non-essential travel to countries outside the EU, the EEA, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom is extended until 15 November.