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Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist visited TechNet conference
Cyber capabilities in hybrid warfare scenarios were the theme of the TechNet Europe 2017 conference in Upplands Väsby outside Stockholm 10th of October. Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist visited the conference and held an opening speech.
Speech by Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist at AFCEA TechNet Europe conference 2017
Upplands Väsby, 10 October 2017. Check against delivery.
Government’s measures during the electoral period in the area of defence
During this electoral period, the Government has worked on implementing the Defence Resolution adopted by the Riksdag. During the 2016–2020 defence period, the operational capabilities of military units will increase and the overall operational capability of the total defence will be ensured. A great deal has already been achieved and we can see that the Resolution has already had an impact in a number of areas.
Peter Hultqvist visits the Hungarian Defence Minister
On September 26, Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó received Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist in Budapest. The ministers discussed the military-strategic situation in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe, as well as the ongoing cooperation on JAS 39 Gripen.
Swedish-Croatian defence ministerial meeting
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krstičević in Zagreb on 25 September. The ministers discussed EU cooperation in the area of defence, and contributions to EU operations in Africa.
Budget 2018: Increased military capabilities and enhanced total defence
In its Budget Bill for 2018, the Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 2.7 billion to Sweden’s total defence, of which SEK 2.3 billion for military defence and SEK 0.4 billion for civil defence.
Swedish Armed Forces Exercise Aurora 17 will increase military capability
Exercise Aurora 17 will be conducted on 11–29 September. The exercise is the largest armed forces exercise held in Sweden for over 20 years. Its aim is to increase the defence capabilities to meet an attack against Sweden. A total of some 19 000 men and women from the Swedish Armed Forces and staff from some 40 other agencies will take part in the exercise. Military units from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also take part.
Joint statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
A treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted at the UN General Assembly in July this year. Sweden has long been active on the issue of nuclear disarmament. This is why it is important for the Government to support the UN’s work on a treaty of this kind. We will soon appoint an inquiry to look into all of the consequences of the treaty, including for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Sweden’s defence policy cooperation. The forms for this inquiry will be presented shortly.
Agreement strengthens the defence by 2.7 billion per year
The government has agreed with the Moderates and the Center Party to further strengthening the Swedish Armed Forces and to ensure the overall capability of the Swedish Total Defence. In addition to previous agreements, the budget of the Swedish Armed Forces and other parts of the Swedish Total Defence will be strengthened by an additional 2.7 billion kronor annually for the years 2018-2020.