NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General Emphasizes the Need for Cooperation and Complementarity between NATO and EU

NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană remarked that a stronger European Union in defense can make the Alliance stronger, but that it will not replace it, during a panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum on Thursday (2 September 2021). In today’s volatile world, he emphasized the importance of the transatlantic link, as well as the value of the NATO-EU alliance in addressing contemporary security problems. 

As part of NATO’s 2030 objective, Allied Leaders decided to investigate ways to expand NATO-EU cooperation at the NATO Brussels Summit on June 14, 2021. NATO and the EU must do so while also responding to the requirements of our society and public opinion, according to NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General. Cyber, space, resilience, the pandemic, and our values/rules-based system are all areas of mutual interest for NATO and the EU, according to him. 

The Deputy Secretary-General of NATO underlined that ongoing work on the new NATO Strategic Concept and the EU Strategic Compass might help strengthen NATO-EU cooperation. He said that they must be complementary and mutually reinforcing. 

The Bled Strategic Forum in 2021 focused on the future of Europe. Mr. Joo Gomes Cravinho, Portugal’s Minister of National Defense, Ms. Florence Parly, France’s Minister of the Armed Forces, and Mr. Matej Tonin, Slovenia’s Minister of Defense, all spoke at the panel discussion on “Lining up Europe’s Defense”.