Finland invited to join a working group to improve cooperation in procuring ammunition to NATO's ArmyOn 29 June, Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö signed a Statement of Intent in the NATO headquarters in connection with a meeting for NATO Ministers of Defence. By signing the document Finland can join the working group which will be established to improve cooperation of ammunition procurement for NATO's Army.
Invited on the basis of the Enhanced Opportunities Partnership (EOP), Finland and Sweden are the only non-NATO member countries to receive an invitation. Sweden is assessing whether to take part in the working group. A total of 11 NATO countries and Finland are joining.
Participation in the working group supports the Finnish Defence Forces' work and reduces ammunition costs per unit if ammunition is procured jointly. In addition, participation will open the doors to cooperation among NATO's Army users of ammunition.
Members of the working group will also study the possibility to jointly store ammunition. To take part in this work will contribute to military security of supply.
Inquiries: Head of the Materiel Unit Olli Ruutu, tel. +358 295 140410.
Correction 29th June 19.56 (A total of 11 NATO countries and Finland are joining.)