The 2016 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech has come to a close. Given the proper prerequisites for innovation and development, the industry will have a critical role in meeting the climate challenges we face writes Maria Sunér Fleming, Climate and Energy Advisor at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, from the conference.
A hearing about the revised EU Blue Card Directive was held on November 7 at the European Parliament. The Directive aims at making the EU more attractive for highly qualified third-country nationals, that is, those from countries beyond the EU/EES area. Hearing participants included representatives from the OECD, the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. The hearing was valuable because critical assessments of the proposed Directive was discussed, and the participants’ conclusion was that the revised EU Blue Card Directive has a bright future if it allows parallel national systems for labour migration.
RULES Free movement of people and services is crucial for the internal market to function well. On March 8th, the European Commission presented its targeted revision of the posting of workers directive. The proposal is already one of the most controversial to be handled by the European legislators during 2016.
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.