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Common security challenges and deepened cooperation in focus at EI2 Defence Ministerial Meeting in Stockholm

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Common security challenges and how the cooperation within the European Intervention Initiative (EI2) can be developed even further were some of the agenda items when EI2’s thirteen member countries met in Stockholm. Sweden and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist hosted this year’s annual meeting.

Ministers and delegation leaders standing outside Karlberg Castle, Stockholm.
Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and French Minister of Defence Florence Parly and ministers and delegation leaders from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy at Karlberg Castle, Stockholm. Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government Offices of Sweden

EI2 is a multilateral defence cooperation body with thirteen member countries. The EI2s focus is to bring European countries together to better prepare for possible future crisis’ by forming a shared strategic culture. At the meeting, Ministers for Defence or delegation leaders from the thirteen countries discussed current security issues in Europe and beyond alongside with EI2’s future development.

“Today we have discussed and shared views on some of the most pertinent and emerging defence and security challenges, including the situation in Afghanistan, Mali and Mozambique. We also discussed the evolving threat of disinformation and ways to develop our fruitful cooperation within EI2”, said Mr Hultqvist.

The annual meeting in Stockholm brought together the Ministers for Defence or delegation leaders from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

At the margins of the meeting, a bilateral agreement on defence cooperation between Sweden and Portugal was signed.

The agreement is available here.

Facts on EI2

EI2 is an independent and flexible forum, strengthening the shared strategic culture between the member countries with the aim of achieving better preparedness for future possible crisis. EI2 does not duplicate activities within the EU and NATO, but are complementary to them.