NATO PA - EU Seminar: Countering New Threats Together - A New Era of EU-NATO Cooperation

01 June 2018

Brussels, 4 June 2018 -  A large delegation of parliamentarians from NATO member countries, the European Parliament, as well as Serbia and Georgia are meeting in Brussels this afternoon and Tuesday 5 June to discuss NATO-EU cooperation in countering new security threats. 

The joint meeting is part of the NATO PA’s ongoing efforts to keep lawmakers’ focus on the rapidly expanding levels of cooperation between NATO and the EU after the historic signing of the Joint NATO-EU Declaration at the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw in July 2016. 

Driven by the evolving new complex international security environment, the Joint NATO-EU Declaration proposes an ambitious level of new tasks to enhance NATO-EU cooperation from the operational level to day-to-day cooperation between Brussels’ two largest international secretariats. Specifically, the two organisations identify seven key areas on which to focus efforts toward stronger cooperation: hybrid threats; operational coordination at sea and on migration; cyber security and defence; defence capabilities; defence industry and research; exercises; and, partner capacity-building missions. 

Both the NATO PA and the European Parliament follow the evolution of NATO-EU cooperation closely through reporting, parliamentary missions, meetings and seminars. 

Eva KAILI, Head of the EP Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) and Paolo ALLI, NATO PA president will oversee the panel discussions. Ioan Mircea PASCU, Vice President of the European Parliament will give the opening address to start the joint seminar.

Members of the NATO PA will have the opportunity to exchange views after briefings by Pedro SERRANO, Deputy Secretary General for the Common Security and Defence Policy and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Rose GOTTEMOELLER, NATO Deputy Secretary-General, as well as Lieutenant General Jan BROEKS, Director-General of the NATO International Military Staff.

On Tuesday members will also meet with Colonel Ramon RIBAS, Branch Chief of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), and get a "boots on the ground" presentation of the MPCC by Major  Daniel GRAMMATICO, Chief of Staff of the MPCC.

This seminar is organised in association with the Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF). The EP regularly participates in the NATO PA meetings and activities with a 10-member delegation.

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