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The rescEU shelter stockpile in Sweden

Sweden was approached by the European Union in March 2022 to develop a temporary shelter capacity. The overall purpose with the temporary shelter capacity is to be able to provide necessary shelter assistance and thus to provide protection for affected population in the context of the war on Ukraine.

MSB was tasked by EU to develop a temporary shelter capacity, which will contribute to the development of a shelter capacity in rescEU. The direct grant to Sweden funds the development but also the maintenance of temporary shelter items. The temporary shelter capacity thus includes light shelter solutions, but also non-food items (NFI), such as beds, sheets, matrasses, power supply, etcetera.

These solutions are available for rapid development under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCMP). The temporary shelter capacity can be used in crises, when the needs exceed the member states’ own resources. When a country is in need of the EU resources, the responsible authority on national level applies to the EU.

With more than 30 years of experience in international humanitarian operations, MSB is a recognised partner to the UN and the EU. Another one of MSB’s advantages is the long experience from warehousing and fast response, nationally as well as internationally. More specially, MSB provides support to the EU civilian missions around the world and hosts the EU CSDP warehouse II and is one of the countries hosting the rescEU medical stockpiles. Both the CSDP Warehouse II and the rescEU medical stockpile are based in Kristinehamn. Parts of the temporary shelter items will also be stored in Kristinehamn.

The project is financed by the EU and the budget amounts to over 20 million Euro. MSB leads the project on its own and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the capacity, as well as for transport of requested material and instalment upon request.


  • The assignment is valid for 10 months; the project started on the 30th March 2022.
  • The total budget is EUR 22,6 million.


Facts on rescEU

RescEU is a common reserve of capacities at EU level, aiming at boosting the preparedness and response capacity for different types of crises, including forest fires and pandemics.

All requests for shelter capacity pass through EU and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre in Brussels.

Sweden also hosts aerial forest fire capacities and medical stockpile for rescEU.

The project is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of MSB only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Latest reviewed: 12 October 2022

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