Stoltenberg outlines three critical conditions for EU-NATO cooperation

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 20.11.2017 18:08

During the meeting of EU Defence Ministers on Monday 13 November, which saw the signing of a notification to launch the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) by 23 EU member states, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg introduced a series of measures necessary to secure smooth future cooperation between EU and NATO.

Stoltenberg primarily welcomed the Union’s step towards common defence, which could help increase defence spending, provide new military capabilities and also improve burden-sharing within the Alliance. PESCO thus may strengthen the European pillar within NATO, according to Stoltenberg. At the same time, however, he warned of challenges likely to emerge if the efforts of both organisations are not properly coordinated. According to Stoltenberg, member states first need to increase their coherence while developing new capabilities and thus avoid situations when NATO members have different sets of requirements for such developments. Furthermore, the military forces and capabilities developed under PESCO have to also be available to NATO. Lastly, efforts to strengthen the EU’s security need to involve non-EU states as well, especially after the United Kingdom leaves the Union.

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