EP Plenary: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on EU-NATO cooperation

(Source: EEAS)

Speech delivered by Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

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President, Honourable members,

On behalf of my colleague, High Representative and Vice-President Josep Borrell, I would like to congratulate rapporteur Antonio López-Istúriz White for the comprehensive report on European Union-NATO cooperation in the context of transatlantic relations.

Let me welcome that it incorporates a number of elements of key importance and relevance for European Union-NATO cooperation, such as emphasizing the European Union’s ambition to be a global actor for peace and security; highlighting that the European Union strategic autonomy strengthens the transatlantic security; reaffirming the importance of key principles guiding European Union-NATO cooperation; and calling for coherence between the two reflection processes, notably the Strategic Compass on the European Union side and NATO 2030 on NATO side.

In the current strategic environment and in light of the current challenges, joining and closely coordinating our efforts is the most obvious choice. Enhanced European Union-NATO cooperation remains instrumental in bringing Europe and North America closer. We seek to deepen the fostering of the transatlantic bond.

Cooperation with NATO remains a key priority for the European Union, as confirmed by the Council on several occasions. The NATO Summit communiqué last month reaffirmed that the European Union is a unique and essential partner for NATO. The two joint declarations in 2016 and 2018 together with the 74 common actions for implementation provide an established, solid and comprehensive framework for cooperation. It is based on a strong political mandate received from both European Union Member States and NATO allies.

The NATO Summit invited the Secretary General [Jens Stoltenberg] to develop the next strategic concept to be endorsed at the next Summit. At the same time on our side, we are taking forward our reflection process which will lead to the adoption of the Strategic Compass in March next year. Rest assured that we see a clear need for coherence between these two reflection processes. We are working in this direction in full respect of the decision-making autonomy of both organisations.

In the wake of a very successful EU-US Summit and as we approach the fifth anniversary of the Warsaw Joint Declaration we see clear political momentum for further strengthening our strategic partnership and taking our cooperation to the next level. We are exploring ways regarding the common way forward. A renewed political commitment could take the form of a new Joint Declaration.

I count on the continuous support of the European Parliament in further strengthening our mutually reinforcing and beneficial strategic partnership with NATO.

I want to thank you.

Link to the video: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-208935

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