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A Swedish general, future head of the EU military committee

(B2) It is the Swedish Chief of Staff, a navy man, General Håkan Erik Gunnar Syrén, who will take over from the French general, Bentegeat, at the head of the military committee of the European Union ( the highest military body in the EU), at the end of his mandate in November 2009.

Born on January 31, 1952, he was trained in particular at the American school (US Naval War College and US Naval Postgraduate School). Between 1999 and 2003, he was in charge of the military security and intelligence service, before being promoted to general and appointed to the position of head of the Amphibious Corps and commander-in-chief of the Swedish Armed Forces from 1 January 2004 (until 'as of December 31, 2009).

Sweden still has a special position in matters of defense, not participating in NATO, but actively participating in UN peace missions, particularly in the Balkans. Sweden has also been very present in several European missions, notably in Congo in 2006 and taking part in the start of the military operation in Chad.


(Photo: Generals Bentegeat and Syrén – Swedish army)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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