Second EU-NATO Joint Declaration signed
Both parties welcome EU efforts to bolster European security and defenceMaria Koleva , Brussels
A day before the NATO Summit, the EU and NATO reaffirmed today in Brussels their joint commitment to each other, with a joint declaration on stepping up their cooperation. The signing ceremony of the Second EU-NATO Joint Declaration was held at the Residence Palace. The document was signed by Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncke and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,
Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe, European Union President Tusk said after signing the declaration, directly addressing US President “who for a long time now has been criticising Europe almost daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defence capabilities, and for living off the US.” Today Europeans spend on defence many times more than Russia, and as much as China. And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defence and security, he asserted.
The multiple and evolving security challenges that our Member States and Allies face from the East and the South make our continued cooperation essential, including in responding to hybrid and cyber threats, in operations, and by helping our common partners, reads the text of the declaration. The EU and NATO leaders reiterated their committed to swift and demonstrable progress in particular in military mobility, counter-terrorism, strengthening resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks, promoting the women peace and security agenda.
In the declaration both parties welcome EU efforts to bolster European security and defence to better protect the Union and its citizens and to contribute to peace and stability in the neighborhood and beyond. It was especially mentioned that the Permanent Structured Cooperation and the European Defence Fund contribute to these objectives, but it was also specified that NATO will continue to play its unique and essential role as the cornerstone of collective defence for all allies.
The first declaration for strengthening their trans-Atlantic bond aiming to promote peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area was signed between EU and NATO two years ago in Warsaw.