Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist gave an opening address at the Berlin Security Conference

On 28 November, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in the 2017 Berlin Security Conference in the German capital. This year’s theme was ‘Europe under pressure – security and defence in unpredictable times’. Sweden was a partner in this year’s conference, alongside the organiser, and Sweden’s Minister for Defence held the opening address.

In his speech, Mr Hultqvist addressed the importance of cooperating to meet the threats to Europe, and spoke about cooperation within the EU and with NATO. The Minister for Defence also presented Sweden's view on the security situation in Europe in a broad sense, and with a focus on our neighbourhood in northern Europe.

The Berlin Security Conference is one of the largest security and defence policy conferences in Europe, bringing together around 1 000 participants from countries both in and outside Europe, as well as representatives of EU institutions and NATO. This year's conference was the 16th so far since its launch in 2001. Chief of Defence Staff of the Swedish Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Dr Dennis Gyllensporre, Chief of Army, Major General Karl Engelbrektson, and Chief of Air Force, Major General Mats Helgesson also took part in this year's conference.