EU representatives visiting MSB's now operational logistics service
The logistics service, which provides the EU’s civilian missions with resources, is operational. Delegates from working groups within the EU visited MSB to get a status update and learn more.
- We are proud to say that we have delivered on all parts and that the logistics service is operational, says Hazme Akyol, project manager at the Logistics Section, MSB.
Provides resources for the EU’s civilian missions
About a year ago, MSB signed a contract for a centralized logistics service for the EU, called the CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) Warehouse II. The logistics service provides the EU civilian crisis management missions with resources, and includes purchase, transport and storage of strategic products. Within the mission, MSB also develops an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system with the aim of streamlining planning and resource allocation.
When the EU creates new missions or expands a mission, these must be supplied with equipment. Previously, this has taken a very long time since each mission handled its own procurement. A centralised logistics service saves both time and resources.
- What’s so good with the MSB is that they quickly and efficiently can provide the missions with the equipment they need. The field staff then has everything they need to be able to do their job, which means that they can focus on what is important, says Magnus Nordström, Deputy Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Another aspect is that extensive work is underway to strengthen the civilian crisis management.
- Launching the logistics service is an important step in the development efforts that is currently taking place within the civilian crisis management. The standardisation and the possibility of interconnecting all missions provides good conditions for efficiency and transparency, continues Magnus Nordstöm, Deputy Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Busy days for the visitors
The visitors consisted of participants from the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) within the EU, Swedish authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There were also 22 delegates from two different working groups within the EU; RELEX (Working Group on External Relations Council) and CIVKOM (Committee on Civil Aspects of Crisis Management). The working groups deal with issues related to civilian crisis management and the common foreign and security policy, and consist of representatives from all EU Member States.
The program offered both presentations and practical elements, the aim was to show how the logistics service works and the results it provides. The participants were also given the opportunity to listen to presentations, from MSB and the other Swedish authorities that second staff to civilian missions; the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Swedish Police, the Prison and Probation Service, the National Courts Administration and the Prosecutor's Office.
The delegates visited MSB's warehouse facilities in Kristinehamn to gain a more practical insight into the work with the logistics service. There they met employees who work with the EU contract assignment and were able see the premises and the equipment at first hand.
A recurring reflection from the visitors was that it was rewarding to travel together in the two working groups, and that they got a more hands on aspect of their own work due to an increased understanding of what actually is done and why.
- From words and numbers on a piece of paper to seeing the actual equipment and getting a context, as one of the delegates put it.