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International co-operation

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In a complex world, where we can see the connection between many of the events which we want to prevent and prepare society for, cross-border collaboration is crucial. The MSB is responsible for a number of cooperation agreements and participates on a host of forums dedicated to civil protection and preparedness.
The MSB administers cooperation agreements with several countries and organisations. These agreements are governed by Sweden’s security and  foreign policies.
There are numerous cooperation agreements between Sweden and its neighbouring countries related to emergency services issues: Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Russia. The most far-reaching of these is Nordred, an agreement between the Nordic countries, enabling emergency response cooperation on the regional and local levels.
We also participate in a number of organisations created to improve the capacities of member states in matters related to civil protection and preparedness, such as the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the Arctic Council.
South-Eastern Europe is an area prone to natural disasters. These disasters often strike several countries at once, and it is therefore becoming more and more common that neighbouring countries collaborate through exercises and an exchange of experiences. The MSB supports the work in the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI).
The MSB also represents Sweden in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), which is a forum for intergovernmental cooperation in the Barents Sea area. The BEAC was formed in 1993 in order to support and promote regional cooperation in the northernmost parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and the north-western parts of Russia. Iceland and Denmark are also members.
Euromed is a cooperative effort to create a system for preparedness for and response to natural disasters and major incidents in the Mediterranean region.  This work is being led by Egypt and Italy and is in part funded by the EU. The MSB participates as an observer and has conducted training for Euromed member states.
Published: 2009-11-17 kl. 22:08 | Reviewed:2013-01-10 kl. 08:34
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