NATO and EU enhance security cooperation

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 30.4.2017 20:21

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the strengthening of security cooperation between the EU and NATO during a meeting with EU Defence Ministers in Malta on 27 April. This strengthening should cover areas such as cyber defence, hybrid threats, maritime cooperation and better interconnection in military exercises.

Maritime cooperation was a topic of special focus, due to its connection to the issue of migration, currently one of the biggest security threats to the EU. The NATO Secretary General pointed out the need to strengthen cooperation on maritime security and highlighted the role of NATO's marine operation, Sea Guardian, which is a supporting mission to the EU Operation Sophia. The naval operation Sophia is primarily targeting smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea, and, after extending its powers, its members are involved in the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and local security forces. Despite the EU's efforts, most migrants are still heading to Europe across the Mediterranean, while states on the EU's Southern border are calling for a functional redistribution mechanism or other measures to address the migration crisis.

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