Work of the Government

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The Work of the Government in Sweden

In the Swedish Constitution: The Instrument of Government (SFS nr: 1974:152)

Chapter 7 of the Instrument of Government has the headline “The Work of the Government”. Here is the content of Chapter 7:

  • Article 1 provides the following: Government offices shall exist for the preparation of Government business. The Government Offices include ministries for different areas of activity. The Government allocates responsibilities among ministries. The Prime Minister appoints the heads of the respective ministries from among the ministers.
  • Article 2 provides the following: In preparing Government business the necessary information and opinions shall be obtained from the public authorities concerned. Organisations and private persons shall be afforded an opportunity to express an opin-ion as necessary.
  • Article 3 provides the following: Government business is settled by the Government at Government meetings. Government business relating to the implementation of statutes or special Government decisions within the armed forces may however be approved by the head of the ministry responsible for such matters, under the supervision of the Prime Minister and to the extent laid down in law.
  • Article 4 provides the following: The Prime Minister summons the other ministers to attend Government meetings and presides at such meetings. At least five ministers shall be present at a Government meeting. (see more about the Constitution of Sweden here)
  • Article 5 provides the following: At a Government meeting, the head of a ministry presents business falling within the purview of his ministry. The Prime Minister may, however, prescribe that a matter or group of matters coming within the purview of a particular ministry shall be presented by a minister other than the head of the ministry concerned.
  • Article 6 provides the following: A record is kept of Government meetings. A dissenting opinion shall be entered in the record. (see more about the Constitution of Sweden here)
  • Article 7 provides the following: Statutes, proposals for submission to the Riksdag, and other dispatches of Government decisions must be signed by the Prime Minister or another minister on behalf of the Government in order to be valid. The Government may, however, prescribe in a statutory instrument that an official may sign a dispatch of a Government decision in a particular case.
  • Article 8 provides the following: The Prime Minister may appoint one of the other ministers to perform the duties of Prime Minister in the capacity of Deputy Prime Minister and act in his absence. If the Prime Minister has not appointed a deputy, or if the deputy is also prevented from performing the duties of Prime Minister, these duties are assumed by that minister among those currently in office who has been a minister longest. When two or more ministers have been ministers equally long, the minister who is senior in age has precedence.
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