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It is easier to request military support from the EU and NATO

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full screen From Thursday, May 19, it will be easier for Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and the government to quickly request support, when needed, from other EU and NATO countries. The image is from a press conference in which both commented on the security situation in Europe together with Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén. Photographic archives. Photo: Paul Wennerholm / TT

Since Thursday, the government can, if necessary, rapidly request military support from EU and NATO countries without first asking the Riksdag.

This will be possible because the Riksdag has now said yes to the government bill on changes to the law in record time.

Of the 300 members present, 299 voted in favor and one abstained.

The bill was presented Monday afternoon, immediately after the government’s decision to apply for NATO membership.

None of the parliamentary parties oppose the bill with amendments to the law, but the Left Party and the Green Party have issued special opinions.

From 2020 the government has the right to request military support from Finland without going through the Riksdag. We then proceeded to assess that it would take a week if first we had to have the approval of the Riksdag. As Sweden has now applied for NATO membership, the government considers it important to be able to apply for more countries in the period until Sweden can become a full member.

Several countries, such as the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, granted Sweden a “security assurance” during the time Sweden was negotiating with NATO.

NATO and also the UK have rapid reaction forces that would be conceivable in such a situation.

Iceland, Denmark and Norway have also said they will help Finland and Sweden “by all means available” when processing NATO applications.

But this is a security assurance, not the binding security guarantees that members have.