Police from other EU countries could operate in Sweden

Police from other EU countries could operate in Sweden

According to a bill that the government is currently preparing, police from other EU countries would be able to operate in Sweden.  This include e.g. international events, accidents and terrorism where police from EU countries could operate in Sweden but where Swedish police would be responsible for the operations. A foreign police officer working in Sweden would have the same powers as Swedish police officers, including carrying weapons and other related equipment. The proposal (Ds 2016:13) has been sent out for consultation to government agencies and other stake holders. The consultation period expires on 1 September.  The idea is the new law on international police cooperation would come into force on 1 May next year. However, a special voting rule will apply in the Riksdag on this matter as it is a matter of foreign states performing exercises of public authority in Sweden.  To implement such a change in the law, a three-fourths majority in the Riksdag is required or that the decision is made in the same way as when the constitution is changed. If the Riksdag makes a decision with a 3/4 majority, the new law would come  into force on May 1, 2017. Otherwise, the new law would not take effect until after the next election.

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television.