NATO meeting: Deepening NATO-EU cooperation: Defence Ministers meet in Brussels
Politics19:51 Oct. 27, 2016

Deepening NATO-EU cooperation: Defence Ministers meet in Brussels

During the two-day meeting, NATO Defence Ministers discussed steps to enhance security and cooperation within European Union

The second day of the NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. Today they discussed practical steps to take forward NATO's cooperation with the European Union. Ministers were joined by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, as well as the Defence Ministers of Finland and Sweden.


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Last night, allies decided that NATO's new Operation Sea Guardian will support the EU's Operation Sophia. Within two weeks, NATO ships and planes will be in Central Mediterranean area, ready to help increase the EU's situational awareness and provide logistical support.

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Today, ministers addressed ways to deepen NATO-EU cooperation in the areas of countering hybrid threats, cyber defence, coordinated exercises and supporting partners. Ministers also discussed recent initiatives to strengthen European defence. The Secretary General underlined that a strong Europe will make NATO stronger, especially by delivering more capabilities and by increasing defence spending among European Allies.

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