Nordic Defence ministers meet in Finland

The meeting of the Nordic defence ministers will be held in Helsinki on 6 to 7 November. Finland holds the chairmanship of Nordefco in 2017.

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De nordiske forsvarsministerne samles i Helsinki 6.-7. november 2017.

During this meeting, a working session of the Nordic and Baltic defence ministers and the Northern Group defence ministers will also be organised. Finland holds the chairmanship of Nordefco in 2017 and the meetings are a part of the Presidency.

The Nordic defence ministers will discuss current topics in Nordic defence cooperation such as joint procurement and the results of the Finnish presidency. Other issues on the agenda are joint exercises and Nordic cooperation in international operations. The ministers will decide about and sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Nordic Cooperation for Air Surveillance Information Exchange.

Northern European security issues will be discussed in the Northern Group’s working session. Apart from the Nordic countries and the Baltic States, the Northern Group consists of the Netherlands, Great Britain, Poland and Germany.

The Nordic-Baltic meeting and the Northern Group meeting will address the security situation in the neighbouring areas and the development of defence cooperation both at the regional and European level.

Information for the press:

The press event will start on Monday 6 November at 15.30 by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Nordic Cooperation for Air Surveillance Information Exchange (NORECAS MoU). The signing will be immediately followed by a press conference on Nordefco.

Media representatives wishing to attend the press conference are requested to register in advance, by 6.11. at 12 noon, with aleksi.kuutio@defmin.fi or by telephone +358 295 140 128, and arrive at the Conference and Events Center of Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa (Kalastajatorpantie 1) by 15.00 on 6 November. PLEASE NOTE! There will be a security check (scanning) and therefore we ask everyone to be present in time. Press cards and identity cards will be checked, too.

The press conference will be conducted in English. An Interpretation service will not be provided.

Press contact for the Norwegian minister of Defence:
Marita I. Wangberg, tel. +47 90512319 or e-mail miw@fd.dep.no

Read more here: https://www.defmin.fi/en/topical/press_releases?588_m=8834