A well-functioning EU that sets the right course for its future development are crucial for Sweden’s continued prosperity. Growth, trade and jobs are all directly dependent on which path the EU chooses to follow. A competitive Europe is also the best way to face a challenging global environment. Sweden needs to be a driving force behind ensuring that the EU has the right focus and makes building a strong single market and a competitive EU a top priority.
Let Sweden’s Presidency of the EU in 2023 act as a launch pad to translate such ambitions into action.Priorities for the Presidency
With a policy framework at EU level designed to boost competitiveness and productivity growth, the gap between the EU and the global leaders at the forefront of growth and innovation can be closed.
The final version of the Pay Transparency Directive has been agreed. The Directive is binding and establishes a minimum level of protection for workers. In so doing, the EU takes a hold on the wage formation in the Member States and court action on wage discrimination.
The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise welcomes the Swedish Presidency’s work in the Council and the corresponding work in the European Parliament in the proposed Data Act to find appropriate wording, clarifications and necessary amendments.
In a letter dated 13 January, 2023, the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, wrote to EU member states regarding revisions to state aid regulations. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise hereby presents its position.
The US is taking major steps towards achieving its commitments under the Paris Agreement. It is therefore unfortunate that the law includes discriminatory elements. Free trade – not closed borders – is what is needed for the green transition to become a reality, means Swedish Enterprise.