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Sweden’s new Government
Today in the Riksdag, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced the ministers who will serve in the Government. The change of government will take place at a Council of State at the Royal Palace presided over by His Majesty The King. The Council of State will begin at 14.15.
· Press release from Amanda Lind, Anders Ygeman, Ann Linde, Anna Ekström , Anna Hallberg, Ardalan Shekarabi, Åsa Lindhagen, Eva Nordmark, Hans Dahlgren, Ibrahim Baylan, Lena Hallengren, Lena Micko, Magdalena Andersson, Märta Stenevi, Matilda Ernkrans, Mikael Damberg, Morgan Johansson, Per Bolund, Per Olsson Fridh, Peter Hultqvist, Stefan Löfven, Tomas Eneroth, Government, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister's Office
Formalisation of Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) defence cooperation
On 30 June–1 July, Sweden’s Minister for Defence met his colleagues from the other member states of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) defence cooperation. During the ministerial meeting in Helsinki, Finland, they officially signed the JEF Policy Direction document, which sets key principles for further cooperation.
Key acts and ordinances entering into force around the second half of 2021
This compilation contains a selection of acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that enter into force in mid-2021.
· Information material from Government, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment, Prime Minister's Office
NORDEFCO ministerial meeting in Helsinki
On 29–30 June, the defence ministers of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met in Tuusula just north of Helsinki, within the framework of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). The deteriorated regional security situation and further enhanced cooperation was the focus of discussions during the first physical NORDEFCO ministerial meeting since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Finnish NORDEFCO Chairmanship in 2021
Finland assumed the Chairmanship of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) on 1 January. Finnish priorities include strengthening and improving Nordic cooperation on peace, crises and conflict, as well as continuing work to implement NORDEFCO’s Vision 2025.
Development of modern total defence
The 2015 defence bill stated that the single most important issue to address in the period of 2016–2020 was to increase the operational warfighting capability of the Swedish Armed Forces and to ensure the overall capability of Swedish total defence. The total defence includes all activities preparing the society for war and consists of both civil and military defence.
Mikael Damberg and Peter Hultqvist visited national cyber security centre
Sweden’s security, competitiveness and prosperity rest largely on digital foundations. For the Government, it is important that the opportunities of digital transformation are harnessed while the risks are managed. On Wednesday 16 June, Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited the national cyber security centre to see how the new centre is taking shape.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist to visit international air exercise in Luleå
On 7–18 June 2021, Denmark, Finland and Norway and Sweden, together with the United States, will host the recurring international air exercise Arctic Challenge Exercise 2021 (ACE 21). It will be the fifth year the exercise is held within the framework of Nordic cooperation. Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist will visit the exercise in Luleå on 15 June.
Northern Group defence ministers took part in a video conference
The defence ministers of the Northern Group, a security and defence policy forum, took part in a video conference on 9 June. The security situation in northern Europe was the main item on the agenda.
Swedish Minister for Defence spoke at Indian-Swedish defence industry seminar
Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and his Indian counterpart, Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, today participated in a digital seminar focusing on defence industry cooperation between India and Sweden. In his speech, Peter Hultqvist stressed the countries’ close and long-standing bilateral relations and their growing strategic partnership, not least on defence issues.