Mogherini to take forward implementation of first ever EU-NATO declaration to step up cooperation

EU/NATO cooperation:(Left to right: Federica Mogherini (EU High Representative), Jean-Claude Juncker (European Commission President), Jens Stoltenberg (NATO Secretary General), Donald Tusk (President of the European Council).

High Representative Federica Mogherini was tasked to take forward, together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the implementation of the first ever joint declaration signed today in Warsaw by the European Union and NATO.
With the joint declaration – signed by Presidents of the European Council and the Commission and Secretary General of NATO – the European Union and NATO are giving a new impetus to their partnership by stepping up cooperation to meet today’s unprecedented challenges, such as hybrid threats, cooperation at sea, cyber security, migration and fostering greater research and industrial cooperation in the defence sector.
"We believe that the time has come to give new impetus and new substance to the NATO-EU strategic partnership," stresses the declaration. “The Euro-Atlantic community is facing unprecedented challenges emanating from the South and East. Our citizens demand that we use all ways and means available to address these challenges so as to enhance their security."
 Stronger NATO and EU mutually reinforcing
 The Declaration goes onto say that as "our security is interconnected…a stronger NATO and a stronger EU are mutually reinforcing. Together they can better provide security in Europe and beyond."
 The EU and NATO committed themselves to take the following steps: 

  • Boost ability to counter hybrid threats, including by bolstering resilience, working together on analysis, prevention, and early detection.
  • Broaden and adapt operational cooperation including at sea, and on migration, through increased sharing of maritime situational awareness as well as better coordination and mutual reinforcement of activities in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.
  •  Expand coordination on cyber security and defence including in the context of missions and operations, exercises and on education and training.
  • Develop coherent, complementary and interoperable defence capabilities of EU member states and NATO Allies, as well as multilateral projects.
  • Facilitate a stronger defence industry and greater defence research and industrial cooperation within Europe and across the Atlantic.
  • Step up coordination on exercises, including on hybrid, by developing as the first step parallel and coordinated exercises for 2017 and 2018.

 Build the defence and security capacity and foster the resilience of partners in the East and South.
 "Speedy implementation is essential"
The Declaration finishes by stating: "Speedy implementation is essential. The European External Action Service and the NATO International Staff, together with Commission services as appropriate, will develop concrete options (which will be) presented to us and our respective Councils by December 2016. On the EU side, the High Representative/Vice President of the Commission will steer and coordinate this endeavour."

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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