Finland to host the meeting of Nordic defence ministers
Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö will host the meeting of Nordic defence ministers which will be held in Helsinki on 6 to 7 November. 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.
Inquiries: Special Adviser Johanna Hämäläinen, tel. +358 295 140 086; Aid-de-Camp to the Minister of Defence Sami Jaakkola, tel. +358 295 140 102; and Senior Advisor Kristian Vakkuri on communications, tel. + 358 295 140 123.