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Nordic countries to establish common capacity for reacting to catastrophes

The possibility of receiving assistance from outside the region was also discussed by ministers


The Haga meeting set the framework for how the Nordic countries can assist each other should a catastrophic event occur (Photo: Colourbox)

May 29, 2014
11:00

by Christian Wenande


Nicolai Wammen, the defence minister, met with his Nordic colleagues in Oslo on Tuesday to discuss plans to create a common Nordic capacity for reacting to catastrophes.

The main point of order at the annual Haga emergency preparedness meeting was to set the framework for how the Nordic countries could assist each other should a catastrophic event take place.

“I am pleased that we have agreed to develop a common capacity for handling catastrophes,” Wammen said in a press release.

“This capacity can be utilised should a serious event take place in one of the Nordic nations, in the Arctic region or even outside the Nordic sphere.”

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Danes taking the reins
Discussions at the Haga meeting included how to strengthen the Nordic co-operation through cost-effective initiatives and Nordic solidarity. The possibility of receiving assistance from outside the Nordic region was also discussed.

Denmark will soon be taking over the chairmanship of the Haga c-ooperation from Norway and will lead the Nordic nations in producing a joint plan concerning specific numbers and types of modules and capacities that can be developed.

The next Haga meeting will take place in Denmark in 2015.



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