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.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY In December 2015 the European Commission launched the Circular Economy package. The ambitious package aims at stimulating Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. But will this vision be successful and what will it take to achieve the ambitions? In order to discuss this topic, the Swedish Society for Business and Politics, SPN, organised a seminar in Brussels, in the premises of the permanent representation of Sweden.
DEBATE The high special tax on nuclear power, combined with the lowest electricity prices in 15 years, are knocking out carbon free nuclear power. This situation is serious. Shutting down significant portions of Swedish power generation would threaten both climate targets and long-term competitiveness.
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.
OPINION New this autumn was dominated by the extreme inflow of refugees. It’s high time to discuss the long-term effects of the refugee crisis, say Economists Ann Öberg and Jonas Frycklund.
OPINION The Swedish Competition Authority issued their ruling on Malmö Municipality's implementation of the so-called ‘White-job model’. The ruling includes the finding that the model gives union inspectors excessively far-reaching authority. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise sees pros and cons with the ruling, writes Procurement expert Ellen Hausel Heldahl.