Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at Hanalys in Hanaholmen, Finland, government.se

[…] The EU is Sweden’s most important foreign and security policy arena. Strong and effective EU cooperation is crucial to our security and our prosperity – both in Sweden and in Europe. But Europe must take greater responsibility for its security. We need a more capable Union, not least for our security and defence policy, and we need a Union that collaborates closely with the UN and NATO.

A more capable Europe will also create better conditions for transatlantic cooperation, which remains central to Europe’s security. In line with this, an open and pragmatic approach to third state participation is key to making EU security and defence cooperation as effective as possible.

This is of course also relevant in light of Brexit. We have strategic interests in maintaining close security and defence cooperation between the EU and the UK. The UK is not leaving Europe – it will remain an important partner for our security. Läs talet