November/December 2016


The EU is developing and strengthening its cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

EDC News: EU-NATO Cooperation

The Euro-Atlantic community are currently facing unprecedented security challenges and threats from the South and East. To address these challenges the European Union and NATO have come together and signed their first ever Joint Declaration at the NATO Summit (Warsaw, Poland on 8 July 2016). The purpose of the declaration is to enhance cooperation in areas, such as maritime security and countering hybrid threats (combination of cyber, conventional and irregular attacks).

The EU and NATO have pledged to implement the following (extract from the declaration) and present concrete options for their implementation by December 2016:

NATO - Brief introduction

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was established in 1949 at the end of the Second World War (under North Atlantic Treaty signed on 4 April 1949). It is an international organisation which brings together the armies of various countries, including Britain and the United States and provides an opportunity for member countries to consult and take decisions on security issues at all levels and in a variety of fields. A “NATO decision” is the expression of the collective will of all 28 member countries since all decisions are taken by consensus.

Twenty-two of the 28 NATO member countries are also Member States of the European Union. NATO has an Open-Door policy allowing any European state, which can contribute to the security and principles of the Alliance, to be invited to join.

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