Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist signs JEF agreement in London

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited London on 27-28 June. Together with his colleagues within the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Minister Hultqvist signed a memorandum of understanding through which JEF reaches full operational capability.

At the meeting, the defence ministers discussed the future vision of JEF, with the agreed view that JEF is an important building block of the security policy cooperation in northern Europe.
At the meeting, the defence ministers discussed the future vision of JEF, with the agreed view that JEF is an important building block of the security policy cooperation in northern Europe. Photo: Marinette Nyh Radebo/Government Offices of Sweden

JEF comprises Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Minister Hultqvist participated in a meeting with all JEF defence ministers. At the meeting, the defence ministers discussed the future vision of JEF, with the agreed view that JEF is an important building block of the security policy cooperation in northern Europe.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding means that JEF reaches full operative capability. JEF can be used for missions led by the UN, the EU and NATO, among others. Participating nations decide independently, in each particular case, and in accordance with national procedures, whether to participate in exercises or operations.

During the visit in London Minister Hultqvist held bilateral talks with his UK colleague Gavin Williamson, at which the ministers discussed the development of the bilateral programme of activities. In addition, Peter Hultqvist met minister for defence procurement and innovation Guto Bebb and a number of think tanks.

- This signing is another step forward in the development of JEF. The UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force is an important contribution to the security network in our part of Europe, says Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

Contact

Marinette Nyh Radebo
Press Secretary to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
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