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MSB and EU have signed the agreement concerning the strategic warehouse for civilian missions

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Published: 2018-05-30 kl. 15:16
Dan Eliasson, the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, has today signed a contract stating that Sweden and MSB will be assigned the task of managing the EU’s strategic warehouse for civilian and conflict management operations. The warehouse will be located in Kristinehamn, where MSB already conducts extensive stockholding and logistical activities for missions in Sweden and around the world.

Today in Brussels, the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, Dan Eliasson signed the contract that assigns Sweden the task of storing, acquiring and transporting equipment to be used in the civilian and conflict management operations, within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union.

- I am very proud and pleased that MSB has been given this assignment. Sweden and MSB is providing an important component to EU’s objective to strengthen peace and security in countries affected by crisis and conflict, stated Dan Eliasson.

The strategic warehouse will be located in Kristinehamn, where MSB already runs a warehouse for national and international operations. The new strategic warehouse will, among other equipment, contain vehicles, IT equipment, satellite telephones, medical supplies, medicines and helmets, as well as having the capacity to launch a new mission of up to of 200 persons within 30 days with all the necessary equipment.

In order to launch a mission swiftly, and manage it efficiently and safely, it is vital to get the right equipment, shortening the response time and make sure that the personnel of the missions have the right conditions for being able to work efficiently and safely.

Since its creation in 2009, the agency MSB has acquired, stored, managed and transported equipment to and from operations in Sweden and around the world, assign to MSB by, among others, the EU and the UN. Last year, in 2017, MSB carried out 125 international missions (and 39 national).

-It is their experience, knowledge and capability that made us decide to assign MSB with the task of managing EU’s warehouse for civilian and conflict management operations. It is a very important assignment, as it allows us to supply our civilian missions with the right equipment in a timelier manner, says Hilde Hardeman, Director and Head of Service of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments.

The agreement also involves giving MSB the assignment to develop an Enterprise Resource Planning system managing equipment and transports to, from and between the different EU missions. The IT system enables the EU to coordinate equipment between the different missions, and to gather statistics that can be shared with the member states. In a first step, a module for stockholding will be developed. Further on, there are plans to develop modules for HR, purchases and economy.

In relation to the country’s population, Sweden is one of the foremost givers of aid among the states of the EU. Sweden and MSB have for a long time been supporting EU with personnel for missions, and has both capability and competence within this area.

-The EU strategic warehouse is an excellent opportunity for Swedish national agencies to take on an active role in strengthening the civilian crisis management of the EU, says Dan Eliasson.

Facts on the strategic warehouse for civilian and conflict management operations of the EU

The member states of the EU have together agreed that the EU will hold a strategic stock of equipment for the missions conducted under the auspices of EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

The warehouse, which will be located in Kristinehamn, have will the capacity to launch a new mission of up to of 200 persons within 30 days with all the necessary equipment. The agreement between the EU and Sweden will remain in force for three years, with the possibility of extension with another year.

The total budget is 537 Million SEK, approximately 52.4 Million Euro.

The total area of the warehouse will be 5 000 square metres.

MSB will promote an increased consideration of the environment to be taken in the missions. It is included in the agreement that MSB will be able to receive toxic waste and dispose of it in an environmentally safe way.

Facts on the Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU

The Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU (CSDP) is the framework that determines EU’s common acting within defence and crisis management. The cooperation within the EU surrounding foreign affairs and security policy has increased over the last years. It is based upon interstate cooperation, meaning that the member states have to be united in order to act.

The civilian and conflict management operations of the EU are a part of the Common Security and Defence Policy. These missions are supposed to contribute to managing conflicts and crises outside the EU, and to help build capacity in crisis management among partners in the countries of missions.

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