Extended measures in response to COVID-19

June 15, 2021

As we have previously reported in the newsletter, the Government has pursued various measures to reduce the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market, including the implementation of qualifying-period compensation for employees and reduced employer’s social insurance contributions for persons aged 19-23.

The Government has now resolved to extend several of these measures. Both qualifying-period compensation for employees and compensation paid to employers for sick-pay costs which, as a consequence of COVID-19, exceed normal costs were extended up to and including 30 September 2021.

As regards the reduction in employer’s social insurance contributions for persons aged 19-23, they are currently reduced to 19.73 per cent. However, according to Government Bill 2020/21:202, Extra Amending Budget for 2021 – Additional reduction of employer’s social insurance contributions for 19-23-year-olds from June-August 2021, it is proposed that an additional reduction to 10.21 per cent apply in June, July and August for persons who, at the beginning of the year, had reached the age of 18 but were not yet 23. It has been proposed that the additional reduction enter into force on 19 June 2021, but it has not yet been adopted.                             

Renewable energy – The Council agrees on a temporary emergency regulation

In the beginning of November, the European Commission put forward a proposal regarding a framework to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, with the ambition to speed up the transition to green energy and reduce the EU’s dependency on Russian fossil fuels. In line with the conclusions of the European Council at the end of October, the European Commission considers that the ongoing energy crisis requires immediate action to transpose parts of the REPowerEU plan, and therefore proposes to adopt a Council Regulation using Article 122(1) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) as legal basis.
December 06, 2022

REPowerEU – The European Parliament and the Council have assumed their standpoints

In May 2022, the Commission presented its proposal regarding REPowerEU. The purpose of the plan, which is based on the "Fit for 55" parcel , is to change Europe’s energy system by eliminating the EU’s dependency on Russian fossil fuels as well as to tackle the climate crisis. The European Parliament and the Council have now adopted their positions in order to incorporate the plan into the national recovery and resilience plans.
November 29, 2022

Vinge authors the Swedish contribution regarding tax disputes for The Legal 500

International companies run the risk of the erroneous management of tax issues when conducting operations in several jurisdictions. In such event, disputes can arise with the relevant tax authorities. The Legal 500 has now introduced a dedicated chapter on tax disputes in its comparative guide for the first time and Ulrika Bengtsson, advokat and counsel, has been selected to provide a clear picture of the Swedish tax litigation system.
November 09, 2022

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