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Finland. 2010 ‘Management and Security of National Stockpiles, Destruction of Surplus.’ National Report of Finland on its Implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (International Tracing Instrument) and the UNPoA, pp. 8-9. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations. 1 January

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5.1 Management and security of national stockpiles, destruction of surplus

Stockpile management in Finland is founded on laws, degrees as well as internal regulations of the Defence Forces. The main part of the regulations has been updated in April 2006. The regulations to monitor all material in the Defence Forces were issued on 14 May 1993. They define the functions and tasks related to acquiring, transporting, distributing, using, maintaining, selling, renting, discarding and replacing material and relevant administrative control. The document defines accurately the functions, the tasks of the personnel and issues of liability.

An individual or a unit is always liable for material in its possession. Transfer of liability can be verified by transfer and receipt protocols. The regulations on security in military installations are applied to surveillance of buildings and areas, trespassing, access to buildings or areas and protective measures against fire. Security arrangements in the Defence Forces have been standardised. The security plan covers security zones and measures to ensure security and also ways to develop these measures. The plan states how to handle alerts, which measures are to be taken in alerts and the overall development plan.

To control material, a military unit enacts regulations, which specify the most important functions concerning material, its location, control, and sharing of responsibility. The following issues are also regulated:

- responsibility for material when taking over new tasks
- arrangement of inventories
- guarding of material
- control
- responsibility for implementing continuous control
- internal surveillance.

Each material inspection is registered and documented. The outcome of the inspection and the resulting measures are given in writing.

ID: Q2041

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