The Rewards Reform

The Rewards Reform is the name on the process that took place between 2018 and 2023, and which started by six political parties in the Riksdag (S, MP, C, L, KD och M) announcing on the 15th of May 2018 that they agreed to reform the Public Rewards System, i.e. the Swedish Royal Orders of Knighthood.

The agreement resulted in a committee initiative in the Constitution Committee, which was debated and voted on in the chamber. The Riksdag supported the appointment of a parliamentary committee on the public reward system, general flag days and the design of the grant to the court and announces this to the government.

On November 9, 2019, the Government laid down directives for a parliamentary inquiry and on November 19, 2019, the Government decided to convene a parliamentary composite committee. The investigation adopted the name Förtjänstutredningen (The Merit Committe) and submitted its final report to the government on September 21, 2021.

The government put bill 2021/22:232 A Modern Public Rewards System and the Public Flag Days on the Riksdag's table on April 13, 2022. After a parliamentary debate on June 14, the Riksdag approved the bill on June 15, 2022.

On 15 December 2022, the Government decided on Ordinance (2022:1800) on Sweden's Foremost Awards with entry into force on 1 February 2023.

At the extraordinary Chapter of the Orders on 15 February 2023, new statutes for the Royal Swedish Orders of Knighthood were promulgated with approval of the Government on 2 February 2023. The extraordinary Chapter of the Order also appointed members to the new Council of the Orders following the government's presentation.

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