The National Emergency Supply Agency

The National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) is an organisation working under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. It is tasked with planning and measures related to developing and maintaining security of supply. The National Emergency Supply Agency operates under the oversight of the Board of Directors.

The agency operates under the auspices of the National Emergency Supply Fund – an extra-budgetary fund used to finance state-owned stocks and a number of auxiliary arrangements undertaken to secure the technological infrastructure.

Private-Public Partnership is the primary method for securing security of supply

Collaboration between government administration and the business community is decisive in the maintenance of security of supply. NESA supports such co-operation by, for example, developing continuity management tools for enterprises and providing associated training, organising shared drills for enterprises and public bodies, and steering and supporting the operation of the pools and sectors.

Technical systems are vital for security of supply

Together with other government authorities and the business community, NESA is charged with ensuring the continuity of national critical infrastructure and services under all circumstances. For this reason, NESA plans and finances various redundancy and auxiliary arrangements for information systems, data communications, financial services, and mass communication, for example.

NESA supports the production of necessary goods and services

NESA implements technical and financial measures to support the production of goods and services necessary in exceptional conditions, as well as those supportive of military defence. To this end, NESA co-operates with the Finnish Defence Forces.

Compulsory stockpiles and security stockpiles must be maintained

The purpose of holding obligatory stockpiles is to guarantee supply of import fuels and pharmaceuticals in the event of a major disruption in their availability. The purpose of holding security stockpiles is to ensure the population’s livelihood and the continuity of industrial production in the event of disruption in the availability of necessary raw materials and goods. NESA has been assigned the practical duties associated with holding such stockpiles.

State-owned stockpiles have fundamental importance

The state holds stockpiles of materials necessary to ensure the population’s welfare and the functioning of the economy in the event of major crises. The state-owned stockpiles are used to maintain viable production of energy, food, and health-care services or for military purposes. NESA is tasked with maintaining these stockpiles.