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Interview med ambassadøren om dansk sikkerhedspolitik

20.10.2017  12:26

Ambassadør Ole Egberg Mikkelsen og forsvarsattaché oberst Kim Bruno Petersen er blevet interviewet af dagbladet Gazeta Polska Codziennie omkring den danske sikkerhedspolitik. Artiklen blev publiceret på polsk http://bit.ly/2gpK5Kc.

Nedenunder findes ambassadens uofficielle oversættelse til engelsk:

 

ALLIED COUNTRIES\ Copenhagen is actively involved in military missions

Security policy the Danish way

The smallest of the Nordic countries - Denmark - is in many respects a model to follow. One of the issues we should pay attention to is the model of security policy implemented by the government in Copenhagen. For us, it may come as a surprise that in Denmark in terms of security of the country, all major political forces, from right to left, are able to achieve compromise.

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According to opinion polls, residents of Denmark consider the uncontrolled migration to Old Continent and terrorism the most important threats to the country's security. This results in Copenhagen's very serious approach to the obligations resulting from its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Therefore, Denmark fully implements the findings of the Warsaw summit of NATO in strengthening the Alliance's presence on the Eastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty. From 2018, there will be 200 Danish soldiers in Estonia. It is really a large contingent given the potential of the country. Copenhagen also actively pursues activities in the joint patrolling of the airspace over the Baltic states - the Baltic Air Policing.

Overrulling divisions
The Danish approach to resolving and diagnosing strategic goals for protection of their own citizens is very reasonable. According to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark in Poland Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, it is a great value. - Every four years a political agreement on key missions in the field of defence is negotiated in Denmark.

What is important, usually political disputes are not reflected here. Our politicians are able to rise above divisions and work together on the needed solutions. For many years, our defence industry has been moving in the same direction. „In Denmark, we value the commitment of our soldiers. And the care for their service conditions is very important to us.” Underlines the Ambassador in an interview with "Gazeta Polska Codziennie".

In Denmark, security issues do not only cover the military context. „We believe that both military and civilian issues should be taken into account. Denmark has for instance been involved in stabilisation mission in Mali under the auspices of the United Nations for many years. Danish soldiers, as well as Polish soldiers, conduct training missions for the Iraqi army. A very important step towards a stable development of a country is to ensure its security. When this has been achieved you may think of economic actions. And instability is a source of migration that we have witnessed in the last years in Europe." summarises Ole Egberg Mikkelsen.

Precise planning of success
Colonel Kim Bruno Petersen, Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Kingdom
of Denmark points out that Copenhagen in the years 2017-2018 will be guided by five priorities when it comes to the security policy of the country. These include, among others, increased migration to Europe, security of the Baltic Sea area, the future of the European Union or technological security. The approach of the Danish political class to this strategic sector of public policy is worth following. In Denmark, all political groups seek to reach a compromise. The security strategy is a basis for the development by the Danish Parliament of an appropriate document which will be binding for the next four years. The agreement covers both financing of the defence sector and detailed steps towards implementation of particular tasks," summarizes Colonel Petersen in the interview with "Gazeta Polska Codziennie". The country's special services attach great importance to the analysis of the reports they receive. Knowledge is the key to the proper functioning of the Danish armed forces.

The offensive of new technologies
If someone is wondering why we do not hear about Danish tanks or other heavy equipment every day, there is nothing strange about it. The Danes have abandoned development and manufacturing of conventional weapons long time ago. There is no large state-owned armament company like the Polish Armor Group S.A. Instead, the stress is openly made on development of the technologically advanced equipment. The Danish Defence Procurement and Logistics Organisation (DALO) plays a major role in the modernisation of the Danish army. This is the equivalent of our Armament Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defence. DALO deals, among others, with matters such as conducting proceedings concerning the purchase of military equipment. The unit's budget is DKK 7 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) and it employs nearly 2,000 people. Although Copenhagen itself does not produce armaments, it cooperates closely with foreign companies.” Like our neighbours Swedes and Norwegians, we do not produce any weapons ourselves. We focus on developing solutions that guarantee safety and security. Denmark can be proud of its innovation and high-tech equipment. We are doing very well with the design of radars, satellites, satellite communication systems and mine removal equipment," says Defence Attaché Colonel Kim Bruno Petersen. We want to develop Polish-Danish cooperation further. Therefore, on 7th November the Embassy is organising a seminar entitled “Poland and Denmark – Partners in Defence and Procurement”. The seminar will take place in Warsaw.

Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily, 20th October 2017