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
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.
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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Speech by Foreign Minister Margot Wallström at the European Commission Representation in Paris – ‘What role for the EU in a worrisome world?’
18 May 2018Speech by Foreign Minister Margot Wallström at the European Commission Representation in Paris – ‘What role for the EU in a worrisome world?’
How ESS will lead the research community – the Government launches a new strategy for the Lund facility
“Advanced research in materials and life sciences is essential for tackling our major social challenges. ESS and MAX IV in Lund are two internationally unique research infrastructure facilities. But to become an internationally leading centre, we need clearer objectives, more efficient coordination and an overarching vision. This is why the Government has drawn up an ESS strategy,” says Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson.How ESS will lead the research community – the Government launches a new strategy for the Lund facility
Sweden's national reform programme 2018
In April each year Member States submit a national reform programme to the Commission, which reports on implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in national policies, undertakings implemented and progress achieved over the past year, as well as a description of planned measures. The reporting shall also reflect the overarching priorities for the European semester, which is a framework for the coordination of economic policies across the European Union.Sweden's national reform programme 2018
Internal border controls prolonged
The Government has decided to prolong internal border controls for an additional six months, up to and including 11 November 2018. The decision was taken in accordance with EU legislation and the Government's assessment that there is still a threat to public order and domestic security.Internal border controls prolonged
State Secretary Jan Salestrand met Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara
On 16 April, State Secretary Jan Salestrand received Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara. Matters discussed at the meeting included the EU training mission that Sweden has taken part in since early 2017.State Secretary Jan Salestrand met Minister of National Defence of the Central African Republic Marie-Noëlle Koyara
Nerve gas attack in Salisbury and Brexit in focus when Stefan Löfven received Theresa May
On Monday 9 April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited Stockholm for a meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.Nerve gas attack in Salisbury and Brexit in focus when Stefan Löfven received Theresa May
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to receive Prime Minister Theresa May
On Monday 9 April, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive UK Prime Minister Theresa May for talks at Rosenbad. The two heads of government will discuss issues concerning cooperation between the UK and Sweden, Brexit and the aftermath of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to receive Prime Minister Theresa May
Per Bolund took part in EU conference on financing sustainable growth
The financial sector has a leading role in efforts to move towards a fossil-free society. This role and a new European Commission Action Plan were the subjects of the high-level conference on financing sustainable growth held in Brussels on 22 March, attended by Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs Per Bolund.Per Bolund took part in EU conference on financing sustainable growth
Sweden has decided to expel a Russian diplomat following the Salisbury attack
Following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in the UK on 4 March, the EU has strongly condemned the attack and named Russia as the likely perpetrator. To support the UK and as part of the response from EU Member States, Sweden has decided to expel a Russian diplomat.Sweden has decided to expel a Russian diplomat following the Salisbury attack
EU leaders discuss steel tariffs and Brexit
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven met his head of state and government colleagues at the European Council on Thursday and Friday 22–23 March. Trade and the threat of steel tariffs were among the issues on the agenda. Brexit and the EU’s reactions to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury were other important issues.EU leaders discuss steel tariffs and Brexit