The Ministry of the Environment coordinates the Government's environmental policies regarding for example chemicals, natural environment and biological diversity. The Ministry is divided by eight divisions and the ministry leadership.
The Ministry is headed by Ms Lena Ek, who is appointed by the Prime Minister.
Below ministerial level, operations are directed by a State Secretary. The Ministry also has a press secretary and political advisers, who work closely with the Minister on policy issues.
There are two senior officials under the political leadership - a Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs, who is the most senior official in the Ministry with responsibility for administrative management, and a Director-General for Legal Affairs. The Directors-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs ensures that the matters dealt with by the Ministry are lawful, consistent and uniform. The Directors-General are responsible for drafting primary legislation and government ordinances.
The Ministry of the Environment has several devisions, which take care of ongoing work, including preparation of Government decisions. The implementation of decisions is generally entrusted to the agencies reporting to the Ministry.
Divisions at the Ministry of the Environment
- Division for Climate
- Division for Natural Environment
- Division for Chemicals
- Division for Environmental Assessment
- Division for Enviromental Objectives
- Division for Coordination and Support
- Division for Legal Services
- Division for International Affairs
- Division for Communication