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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist to host Nordic defence minister meeting

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The Nordic defence ministers will meet on 19–20 November within the framework of the common Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). Sweden holds the chair in 2019, and the ministers are expected to agree on matters such as a mechanism for crisis consultations between defence ministries.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist together with  Arnór Sigurjónsson, Iceland, Trine Bramsen, Denmark, Antti Kaikkonen, Finland and Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway.
Swedish minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist together with Arnór Sigurjónsson, Iceland, Trine Bramsen, Denmark, Antti Kaikkonen, Finland and Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway. Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Governments Offices of Sweden

The meeting will be held in Stockholm and is the second meeting at ministerial level during Sweden’s year as chair. Mr Hultqvist will host Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, Norway’s Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen, Denmark’s Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and a representative of Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The meeting will summarise the objectives of the Swedish chairmanship, improve NORDEFCO as a common platform for dialogue on security and defence policy, and streamline practical cooperation.

At the meeting, the Nordic countries will agree on routines for consultations in the event of a crisis or conflict, a mechanism that will increase the ability to reach a common understanding of the security situation.

A Nordic-Baltic defence ministers meeting will also be held on 19 November, at which the defence ministers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will participate.

On 20 November, the defence ministers from the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom, and the German State Secretary for Defence, will arrive for a meeting within the Northern Group defence policy forum.

NORDEFCO

• On 1 January 2019, Sweden assumed the chair of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). Sweden most recently held the chair in 2015.

• NORDEFCO forms the structure and format of both defence policy and military cooperation in the areas of policy, capabilities, human resources and education, training and exercises, operations and defence equipment.

• Since its establishment in 2009, several activities have been initiated within NORDEFCO. In 2014, Sweden took part in some 150 NORDEFCO-related activities with one or more other Nordic countries.

• In December 2013, a defence policy vision was adopted outlining what the Nordic cooperation should have developed into by 2020. In addition, the structure was adjusted and, as of 1 January 2014, now also includes the state secretaries, heads of the armed forces and heads of the defence materiel administrations in the Nordic countries.