MSB has taken a series of initiatives to increase the understanding of how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting our societies in the longer term and what implications this may have for our work on resilience and security. As part of this, MSB has convened two digital roundtables with leading experts from several different countries for discussions about the lessons learned and experiences gained so far during the pandemic.
The discussions on 11 June included exploring the possibilities of creating a stronger system for crisis management within the EU, based on lessons learned. Among other central themes addressed were the importance of maintaining “trust” as a vital component in democratic systems and of continuing to defend and uphold ”the social contract”, both at the national level and the European/international level. Challenges in the area of disinformation and foreign influence were highlighted, as well as the importance of applying a broad definition of security in the work ahead. Issues of resilience and perspectives on sustainability in recovery efforts were other recurring themes. The conclusions reached during the discussions are detailed in the report which has now been issued and is available to download further down on this page.
”It is clear that EU and international cooperation is crucial for our ability to handle present and future crises. I will continue to promote the proper integration of these issues into the Agency’s work and the Swedish crisis management system. I am very pleased with the results we have achieved.. This type of discussions with international partners and colleagues provide valuable perspectives to support our continued work both nationally and internationally. I am also grateful for the close and rewarding collaboration we have had with UI,” says Director-General Dan Eliasson.