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Ministry of Defence military budget initiatives for 2024
Sweden is currently facing the most serious security situation since the Second World War. This places new demands on military defence.
Investments in civil defence and crisis preparedness in the autumn budget
In light of the serious security environment, the Government has proposed a number of investments in civil defence and crisis preparedness in the Budget Bill for 2024 and the autumn amending budget for 2023.
Major investments in military defence and NATO targets projected to be reached
In the Budget Bill for 2024, the Government proposes additional funding to military defence amounting to approximately SEK 700 million. Taking into account upward adjustments and previous decisions, appropriations for military defence will increase by more than SEK 27 billion between 2023 and 2024 – an increase of 28 per cent. This means that appropriations have doubled since 2020 and that Sweden will already reach the defence expenditure target of two per cent of GDP according to NATO’s definition in 2024. In the Budget Bill, the Government also estimates additional funding for 2025 and 2026 amounting to approximately SEK 1.2 billion and SEK 7.4 billion, respectively.
New assignment and increased funding to Psychological Defence Agency
On 29 August, Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin held a press conference with acting Director General of the Psychological Defence Agency Magnus Hjort. They presented a status report on the extensive malign influence campaigns targeting Sweden. They also announced a new assignment for the Psychological Defence Agency, accompanied by increased funding.
Pål Jonson to attend defence ministers meeting in Toledo
The defence ministers of the EU Member States will gather for an informal meeting in Toledo, Spain on 29–30 August. The meeting will focus on EU military support to Ukraine.
Thirteenth support package to Ukraine focusing on ammunition and spare parts
(New version) The Government has provided basis for a new support package to Ukraine. The assistance includes ammunition and spare parts for several of the equipment systems that Sweden has donated to Ukraine, including Combat Vehicle 90 and Battle Tank 122 (Leopard 2). Sweden is also sending transport vehicles, contingency goods and mine clearance equipment. At the same time, the Government also need to obtain authorisation to sell the RB 99 (AMRAAM) air-to-air missiles to the United States, which will then donate them to Ukraine. The total value of this thirteenth support package amounts to approximately SEK 3.4 billion.
Key acts and ordinances entering into force around the second half of 2023
This compilation contains a selection of acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that enter into force around the second half of 2023.
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Sweden to join NATO Innovation Fund following accession to NATO
Twenty-three NATO Allies have officially become Limited Partners of the NATO Innovation Fund (NIF), which is preparing to make its initial investments later this year. The Participating Allies have also welcomed Sweden’s interest to join the NIF. Sweden’s participation will take effect upon its accession to the North Atlantic Treaty.
Increased spread of disinformation directed towards Sweden
Today, Wednesday 26 July, Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin held a press briefing on recent influence campaigns against Sweden. Mikael Östlund, Head of Communications at the Psychological Defence Agency (MPF), also took part.
New agreements simplify and speed up deliveries of defence materiel to Ukraine
On 12 July at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson signed a protective security agreement with Ukraine. The agreement makes it possible for Sweden and Ukraine to exchange confidential information concerning, for example, test flights of JAS Gripen or military equipment.
Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2022
How many people work at the Government Offices? What was the central government budget like last year? How many acts and ordinances were issued last year? The answer to these and other questions can be found in the Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2022.
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Deeper bilateral defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden
Finland’s new Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen visited Sweden on Thursday 6 July to meet with Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. The ministers discussed matters such as Sweden’s upcoming accession to NATO and Sweden’s and Finland’s continued support to Ukraine.
Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen to visit Sweden
On Thursday 6 July, Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen will visit Sweden to meet with Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. This will be Mr Häkkänen’s first visit abroad as Minister of Defence.
Strong support for Swedish NATO membership in joint statement by Nordic defence ministers
“Nordic defence cooperation is more important than ever,” say the Nordic defence ministers in a joint statement from a meeting in Iceland on 20–21 June within the framework of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO).
Speech by Minister for Defence Pål Jonson at the Shangri-La Dialogue 2023
Singapore, 3rd of June, 2023 Check against delivery
Twelfth support package to Ukraine
The Government has adopted a new support package for Ukraine, which was presented at the meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group in Brussels on 15 June 2023. The package includes contributions to funds totalling SEK 230 million and instructions to the Swedish Armed Forces concerning JAS 39 Gripen and supply solutions for donated military equipment. The total value of this twelfth support package amounts to approximately SEK 250 million.
The Swedish Defence Commission submits its report on Sweden’s Security Policy to Minister for Defence Pål Jonson
On 19 June 2023, the Swedish Defence Commission submitted its report on Sweden’s Security Policy to Minister for Defence Pål Jonson. The Defence Commission concludes that the world is at a crossroads. The rules-based international order is being challenged by autocratic states such as Russia and China. A large-scale war in Europe is a reality, and Russia has set a course for a long-term conflict with the West. An aggressive Russia should form the basis for the long-term development of Swedish total defence. Sweden must have the capability to defend its territory against an armed attack as a part of NATO’s collective defence.
Minister for Defence Pål Jonson to take part in EU Foreign Affairs Council with defence ministers
On Tuesday 23 May, Minister for Defence Pål Jonson will take part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting with defence ministers in Brussels.
Speech by Minister for Defence Pål Jonson at the Baltic Defence College Annual Conference on Russia 2023
Tartu, Estonia 2 March 2023. Check against delivery.
Sweden and UK cooperating on increased military support to Ukraine
On Thursday 16 March, the Government presented a strategic partnership with the United Kingdom to support Ukraine. The cooperation aims to improve logistics and maintenance of the Archer artillery units that Sweden intends to donate to Ukraine. It is proposed that eight units is to be donated, of which two are part of the maintenance system. The cooperation includes authorisation to sell 14 Archer artillery units to the UK, which allows the UK to donate the AS90 artillery system to Ukraine. An additional amending budget also includes proposals to authorise the donation of previously announced Leopard 2 battle tanks and to provide funds for the replenishment of defence equipment.