On 11 December, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico hosted a seminar on how the gender perspective could be enhanced in the analysis and protective measures offered by the Mexican government to protect journalists and human rights defenders. The event took place in connection with International Human Rights Day, which this year particularly focused on freedom of expression, and the two-week campaign to highlight and combat violence against women.

On 21 September, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force provisionally. CETA is an ambitious agreement that will contribute to increased growth and employment in Sweden, writes Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde.

Swedish feminist foreign policy has attracted considerable interest in Brussels. The clear and consistent standpoint in all policy areas has also started to produce concrete results. There is strong support for gender equality issues within a relatively large group of Member States. The EU’s work on gender equality has improved, but much remains to be done.

Six countries in the Western Balkans are working hard to become members of the EU. At the end of May, these countries participated at ministerial level in a seminar in Stockholm attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. The situation in the region and the countries’ integration with the EU were discussed at the seminar. Johanna Strömquist, MFA head of group for south-eastern Europe and EU enlargement, explains the processes at the moment.

To mark Europe Day on 9 May, Minister for EU Affairs Ann Linde took part in two panel discussions organised by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The themes were ‘Where would Europe be without the EU?’ and ‘The future of European cooperation – what will it look like?’ 

The EU enlargement package was adopted by the EU Commission on 9 November. This week, the conclusions will be discussed and adopted at the General Affairs Council (GAC).

Nach 14 Monaten in Berlin gehe ich diese Woche nach Brüssel, um dort am kommenden Montag die Arbeit als Schwedens EU-Botschafter aufzunehmen. Es fühlt sich in vielerlei Hinsicht so an, als ob sich der Kreis schließt, wenn ich meinen vermutlich letzten Auftrag eines langen Berufslebens antrete. Ich werde Berlin vermissen, aber den Wechsel nach Brüssel nicht bereuen.

Sweden’s economy, industry and start-ups are currently experiencing impressive growth. With top innovative clusters, Sweden has become a world leader in innovation. These factors attract international business to Sweden. Even so, the Swedish Government is stepping up its efforts to make the country more attractive for global investments.

Det går bra för svensk ekonomi, industri och svenska start-ups. Vi är världsledande inom innovation och har kompetenskluster i världsklass. Detta lockar internationella företag till Sverige. Samtidigt kan vi göra mer för att bidra till att utländska företag ska vilja investera i Sverige.