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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.
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.
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.
Swedish Minister for Defence highlights deteriorating security situation in Baltic Sea Region in opening speech to NATO Parliamentary Assembly
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s 2021 Spring Session, hosted by the Swedish Riksdag, opened today with introductory remarks from Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist. He emphasised the importance of transatlantic relations to the security of Europe, and how Russia is challenging the European security order.
High-level panel discussion on European security and the Joint Expeditionary Force with the Swedish Minister for Defence
On 13 May, Sweden’s Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist participated in a panel discussion on the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and European security. The Minister highlighted the importance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation to building security and stability in Europe, and underlined the role of JEF in this.