Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
Press release 33/2023
3 October 2023
President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will attend the JEF Leaders’ Summit on 12–13 October 2023 on the island of Gotland in Sweden.
The JEF Leaders’ Summit will focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine, the strengthening of cooperation with NATO and the ability to address hybrid threats. Representatives from all ten countries involved in JEF defence cooperation have been invited to the Summit, which will be hosted by Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson.
The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a multilateral framework for defence cooperation led by the United Kingdom including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The aim is to develop the military capabilities of the participating countries through joint exercises, to prevent various crises and, if necessary, to act together in crisis situations. JEF’s main operating environment is Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
The JEF leaders last met in December 2022 in Latvia.