Nordic defence ministers' meeting in Skagen
(Udgivet på engelsk) On 5th and 6th November a Nordic defence ministers' meeting took place in Skagen, chaired by the Danish minister of defence Mr. Nick Hækkerup
08-11-2012 - kl. 10:00
The meeting was the second Nordic defence ministers' meetings during
the Danish 2012 NORDEFCO presidency. At the centre of discussions was
the topic of enhanced Nordic cooperation on tactical air transport.
The ministers signed a letter of Intent, as a tangible expression of the
excellent potential for deeper cooperation in this regard. The
potential areas of cooperation in this regard include pooling of air
transport capacities, command and control, joint training and common
sustainment solutions. This cooperation initiative exemplifies the
‘Smart Defence’ nature of the Nordic defence cooperation. Possibilities
for enhanced Nordic support to capacity building in East Africa were
also discussed during the meeting.
The ministers also discussed the further development of Nordic
cooperation including a number of other areas of potential cooperation
in the short as well as longer term. In the short term airspace
surveillance, procurement of small arms ammunition, tugboats, armored
vehicles rubber tracks, batteries and unit group rations provide good
opportunities for positive results.
The Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the Nordic
countries’ future engagement. Nordic support for Afghanistan was
confirmed, and enhanced Nordic cooperation possibilities after 2014 will
Furthermore ministers discussed possibilities for joint contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.
During the meeting, the Ministers welcomed the willingness of Finland
and Sweden to participate in air surveillance in Iceland. A final
decision, including a due parliamentary process, can be taken in Finland
and Sweden only after the matter has been discussed in NATO.
The situation in Syria was discussed and the Ministers expressed their
concern of the situation, and intent to follow the development closely.
Finland presented its plans and priorities for the chairmanship in 2013.
In the margin of the meeting the four Nordic Defence and Security
Industry Associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the
presence of the Nordic Ministers. The Memorandum aims at strengthening
the cooperation of the Nordic Defence Industry by establishing a Joint
Nordic Defence Industry Cooperation Group.
The ministers concluded at the end of the meeting:
“This has been a most productive and useful meeting. The signature
of the Letter of Intent on Nordic tactical transport cooperation as well
as the identification of a number of other new areas for cooperation on
capabilities is clear testimony for the new energy and political will
for concrete cooperation within NORDEFCO. We are also very pleased
indeed with our common Nordic efforts within NORDEFCO on Afghanistan and
Eastern African capacity building”.