Opportunities with Sweden’s EU presidency in 2023

10 recommendations to the Swedish Government. IVA will endeavour to ensure that Sweden’s presidency promotes a forward-looking and engaging debate about how Sweden can position itself earlier and more prominently in EU contexts. We see significant opportunities for Sweden to play a more central role as an initiative-taker within the EU.

The objective of this report is to provide recommendations to the Swedish Government regarding Sweden’s EU presidency in 2023 and our approach to EU work going forward. Another equally important objective is to promote a more comprehensive discussion here at home about the EU, what Sweden’s goals are with respect to the EU and which actions we as a nation should take within the EU. Bearing in mind the significance of the EU – both as a domestic market and legislator – a more robust dialogue about the EU would be valuable. As Sweden now, for the first time since 2009, takes over the presidency, there is an opportunity for a debate within industry, the political sphere and academia on Sweden’s approach, level of ambition and priorities with respect to the EU.

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