Minister for Defence took part in defence ministers meeting in London

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist took part in a ministers meeting in London on 3 April within the framework of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The meeting included a scenario-based discussion and discussions related to the upcoming JEF exercise Baltic Protector, in which Sweden will participate.

Defence minister Peter Hultqvist with colleguages in fron of government buildning
JEF Ministerial delegation reception. Photo: gov.uk

“The meeting was a very clear acknowledgement of the UK’s interest in being active in the Baltic Sea and Nordic regions. It is important that the UK remains involved in, and takes responsibility for, security in Europe, and the JEF is part of that responsibility,” says Minister Hultqvist.

The scenario-based discussion was an exercise in decision-making and joint communication in the event of a situation requiring joint action, presenting the representatives of the participating countries with various strategic scenarios.

Sweden to take part in JEF exercise in the southern Baltic Sea

The defence ministers also discussed the upcoming JEF exercise Baltic Protector, scheduled for May and June 2019. Baltic Protector is a maritime exercise to be conducted in Denmark, the southern Baltic Sea and the Baltic States, involving around 3 000 soldiers and some twenty warships from all JEF countries. Sweden is contributing two Visby-class corvettes to the second phase of the JEF exercise, which will be conducted as part of the parallel Baltops 2019 maritime exercise.

The JEF is a British-led multinational force consisting of the UK, the Nordic and Baltic countries and the Netherlands. As required, it is intended to be able to act independently or as part of a UN, NATO or EU operation, and can involve units from all of the armed forces. Units are selected and included depending on the operation to be undertaken. The participating countries decide in each case whether and how they wish to take part in an exercise or operation.