HCSS was honoured to welcome Defence Minister of Estonia Hanno Pevkur yesterday, along with a delegation including the Dutch ambassador to Estonia Özlem Canel and the Estonian ambassador to the Netherlands Lauri Kuusing.
After an introduction by HCSS deputy director Michel Rademaker, the Minister joined an informal roundtable with several of our strategic analysts. Discussions covered the highly anticipated NATO Summit in Vilnius on July 11-12 and the latest developments in the Ukraine war.
Minister Pevkur visited the Netherlands this week for the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) meeting in Amsterdam, where the 10 northern European defence ministers came together to discuss matters such as the security situation in northern Europe.
The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a multinational military partnership that can act independently in its own right, whose objective it is to work together with like-minded Participant Nations to provide military options to our governments, in peacetime as well as during crises or conflict.
It can also be deployed in support of NATO or other cooperative ventures. It can operate as soon as 2 or more of the participating countries identify a requirement. In addition, the JEF can act as a testing ground for innovations in the fields of operations, doctrine and technology.