Included in this assignment is the development of an Enterprise Resource Planning system which will be used to keep track of the equipment. This task makes Sweden and MSB a valuable partner to EU in their effort to strengthen peace and security in countries affected by crisis and conflict.
MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, is assigned to manage the European Union’s strategic stock of equipment used in civilian and conflict management operations. The assignment is carried out under the auspices of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The EU’s civilian and conflict management operations are focused on responding to external conflicts and crises, building capacity among partners and protecting the EU and its citizens. For example, it can concern the training of a country’s police force or similar issues connected to the rule of law, preventing conflict through observation missions, and to promote sustainable peace.
The assignment to manage this strategic warehouse renders Sweden and MSB a strategically valuable part of the objective of the EU to strengthen peace, security and rule of law in states affected by crises and conflicts.
MSB will keep stock, purchase and transport equipment to, from and between the EU civilian missions around the world. It will 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. In due time, the IT system will also come to include modules for purchases, HR and project management.
The warehouse will enable the EU to swiftly launch new missions, scale up or down existing missions, move equipment or to terminate missions. The EU will also avoid time- and resource consuming procurements of equipment. The equipment that will be kept in stock is, among others, vehicles, IT equipment, satellite telephones, medical supplies, medicines and helmets.
MSB’s work with storing, acquiring and transporting the strategic stock of equipment and assets will contribute to the following positive effects:
The strategic warehouse will provide EU with the capacity to launch a new mission of up to of 200 persons within 30 days with all the necessary equipment.
The warehouse is located in Kristinehamn, where MSB already conducts extensive stockholding and logistical operations for national and international operations, assign to MSB by, among others, the EU and the UN. In 2017, MSB carried out 125 missions abroad and the agency has since many years a very well-functioning organisation and chain of logistics. The equipment that EU foresees will be kept in stock is of the same sort as the equipment currently stored by MSB.
In addition, MSB will promote increased consideration of the environment in the missions, for example by securing environmentally conscious waste disposal.
The agreement between MSB and EU runs for three years, with the possibility of extension.
The European Union established a first strategic warehouse in 2013, with the purpose of swiftly being able to support new civilian missions with the appropriate equipment. In 2016, the member states of the EU were presented the opportunity to make offers for hosting a new strategic warehouse. The ambition with this new procurement was that the service to the missions would be increased and enhanced, by also providing support with logistics and transport to current missions.
In the fall of 2016, MSB handed in an offer for being appointed responsible for the strategic warehouse, and to locate it in Kristinehamn, where MSB for a long time has already conducted comprehensive activities in stockholding and logistics. After evaluation, it was agreed in the EU that MSB was the most suitable candidate for this task.