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In spring 2023, Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (also known as the Council of Ministers). This means that Sweden will lead the work in the Council.

Hans Dahlgren presents the general political direction of Sweden’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

“The EU is facing major challenges, including a war in a neighbouring European country, widespread organised crime, an acute climate crisis, widespread unemployment and Member States backsliding on the EU’s fundamental values. These are some of the issues that the Swedish Presidency has to address,” says Minister for EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren.

The general political direction of the Swedish Presidency is expressed under five headings agreed on following discussions with party representatives in the Riksdag:

  • Provide security for EU citizens and strengthen the EU’s role in the world
  • Stop organised crime
  • Speed up the green transition
  • Strengthen the EU’s competitiveness for the jobs of the future
  • Safeguard the EU’s fundamental values

The five headings are general in nature and will be developed and consolidated, ultimately resulting in the priorities and work programme to be presented in December.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

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