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  • Serious security policy situation in focus at informal meeting of EU defence ministers

    Florence Parly and Peter Hultqvist standing next to each other, Parly is to the left.  In the background the French and the Swedish flags.
    Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly and Minister for Defence of Sweden Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Sweden

    Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Brest, France on 12–13 January. The meeting was dominated by the serious security policy situation, with focus on the situation in and around Ukraine. In addition, the influence of state and non-state actors in areas of operation such as Mali was discussed, along with the continued work on the EU Strategic Compass. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell took part in the meeting. UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix also took part via video link.

  • Comment from Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on the security situation

    The European security order is not negotiable. In Sweden, we determine our own foreign and security policy and decide whom we choose to cooperate with.

    In view of developments in the security situation in our neighbourhood, I have spoken with Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Government is also in dialogue with the United States Administration. International law must be respected and observed. This includes the right of every state to independently make its own security policy choices.

  • The Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19

    Illustration. Government offices

    There is an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Government and the Government Offices are following developments carefully and are in continuous contact with the responsible authorities.

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Sweden can do better: the Government’s policy priorities

Sweden has much to be proud of. We have a skilled labour force and a high proportion of Swedish people support themselves by working. Sweden has many innovative and competitive businesses that contribute to jobs and exports. Health care, education and social services are collectively financed and allocated according to need. The level of trust between people is high and Sweden has come a long way in terms of gender equality.

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Entry ban on travel to Sweden extended

The Government has decided to extend the entry restrictions for travel from both the EU/EEA and from other countries until 31 January 2022. As of 30 June, the Swedish regulation has been adapted to the EU regulation on a COVID certificate on travel to Sweden from EU/EEA States.

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Stricter infection control measures to be introduced on 12 January 2022

On 12 January 2022, stricter infection control measures was introduced due to the significant increase in community transmission at the same time as there is increased pressure on health care. The overall assessment is that Sweden is in a situation where it is necessary to take certain infection control measures in stage 3 of the Government’s action plan for introducing infection control measures.

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Key acts and ordinances entering into force in late 2021/early 2022

This information material contains a selection of the acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that enter into force in the second half of 2021 or some time thereafter.

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