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Nordic Battle Group (European Union)


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[NBG command sign]

Command sign of the NBG - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 9 July 2006

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Presentation of the NBG

Sweden, Norway and Finland have reached agreement to collaborate in the establishment of a so-called battle group to be placed at the disposal of the EU as of January 2008. The three countries have also agreed to include Estonia in this collaboration.
The background to the agreement lies in the EU decision to establish 13 so-called battle groups, each consisting of about 1,500 military personnel. The aim is to establish flexible rapid reaction forces capable of deploying at short notice to take part in operations to maintain or re-establish peace and security. The concept has been developed in conjunction with the UN and the forces are intended to reinforce the UN's crisis management capability. Participation in an EU operation presupposes that a clear mandate has been established under international law.

Kristian Söderberg, 12 May 2006

Command signal of the NBG

The command sign of the NBG is square, horizontally divided blue-yellow-blue, with blue Roman numeral "V" in the yellow stripe. The "V" may also be interpreted as "Victory", referring to the battle group motto: "Victory through Values". The flag was introduced at a ceremony held on 12 May 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kristian Söderberg, 12 May 2006