EU-minister Hans Dahlgren visited MSB´s EU-warehouses
Sweden’s minister for EU affairs, Hans Dahlgren digitally visited the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, MSB, on the 12th of March to learn more about the agency´s work concerning CSDP Warehouse II and the work within the EU´s civil protection mechanism specifically regarding the rescEU medical stockpile.
MSB has two EU-assignments for warehouses. One being EU´s logistics service, Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Warehouse II, where MSB supports the EU´s civilian operations with a centralised logistics solution with supporter system and a strategic warehouse. The second, which is under build-up, is the rescEU medical stockpile where ventilators as well as personal protective equipment will be stored. The equipment is meant to be used in crises, when the needs exceed the member states’ own resources The medical stockpile is part of the rescEU initiative, which is an extra safety net within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, adding on to the countries’ national resources.
– During the visit, we presented MSB and the Swedish contributions within the EU-cooperation. The Swedish preparedness is part of the overall EU preparedness, in the same way EU preparedness is a part of ours. The warehouse assignments is an integral part of that cooperation, says Björn Johansson, head of Central Warehousing Section.
The Minister was also informed of the status of the construction of the medical stockpile and the progress of procurement. The project period of the CSDP Warehouse II, expires in the spring, but is expected to be extended by 18 months by activation of the option in the original contract plus another 6 months for handover.
CSDP Warehouse II
- MSB keep stock, purchase and transport equipment to, from and between the EU civilian missions around the world.
- The equipment kept in stock is, among others, IT equipment, satellite telephones, medical supplies, medicines and helmets.
- MSB also administer the maintenance of the equipment that has been used in the missions, and develop an Enterprise Resource Planning system for the management of the equipment.
- The IT system includes modules for purchases, HR and project management.
- The warehouse enables the EU to swiftly launch new missions, scale up or down existing missions, move equipment or to terminate missions.
EU´s Medical Stockpile
- The project is conducted over five years starting on the 1st of September 2020.
- The equipment that will be stockpiled is ventilators and personal protective equipment such as facemasks, face shields and gowns.
- The total budget is EUR 38, 3 million, of which EUR 33, 3 million are allocated to the purchase of equipment. The project is financed by EU-funds.
- MSB leads the project and is responsible for stockpiling as well as for logistics and transport of requested material. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, is responsible for procurement of the stocked goods. The National Board of Health and Welfare supports MSB and FMV in the development of the project.
- In total 9 medical stockpiles are planned within the EU. Stockpiles are already establishedin Germany, Romania, Greece and Belgium. Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia and the Netherlands are i building up stockpiles.