TTIP – what’s really in it for businesses?

FREE TRADE The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the biggest political decisions of this European political term. A free trade agreement between the world’s two largest economies has the potential to provide clear positive effects to the world economy. Beyond political discussions, businesses of all sizes will face both opportunities and challenges in their day-to-day activities and operations.

Growing power demand jeopardised by short-sighted policies.

ENERGY Swedish households and companies consume large amounts of electrical power, and nothing indicates this will decrease. On the contrary, with its fast population growth, and ambitious climate targets, Sweden will need to increase electrical power consumption to maintain its leading edge business sector. But, despite greater demand for electricity, policies currently in place are harmful for the country's power plants. This has to change, writes Maria Sunér Fleming, Head of Energy and Climate Policy.

Welfare policies not supported by facts

WELFARE Sweden's school choice reform, allowing parents greater freedom in choosing which schools their children attend, has not resulted in inequalities among schools. Nor has similar reforms to healthcare resulted in inequalities in the treatment of patients. These are conclusions from recent research, which were the focus of a conference hosted by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

Facts and Research ignored

OPINION Redistribution of wealth is a cornerstone to welfare policies in the Social Democratic-Green Party government. But the minority coalition government, either purposely or unwittingly, ignores facts and research in shaping their policies. This debases the necessary conditions for effective, equal, and fair welfare distribution, writes Mikael Witterblad, Head of Welfare Policy, and Ann Öberg, Chief Economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

European Commission proposes using cannons to kill flies

OPINION The European Commission has proposed a regulatory framework for disputes involving companies whose assets are unfairly seized by national governments. The proposals will worsen the climate for companies, who already are strongly disadvantaged, for using investment protection regulations for reasons of cost, contends Olof Erixon, International Trade Policy Expert.