As political and military leaders from NATO member and partner nations gather at NATO’s Summit on July 11-12, a conference on the NATO grounds will look at some of the main challenges facing the Alliance. The ‘NATO Engages’ event will bring together current and next generation leaders to take an in-depth look at new and emerging security concerns, ask how NATO can adapt to them, and analyse what this means for NATO’s collective security guarantee for its one billion people.
NATO collects defence expenditure data from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates and subsets of this information. Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure. The amounts represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the course of the fiscal year to meet the needs of its armed forces, those of Allies or of the Alliance. In the figures and tables that follow, NATO also uses up-to-date economic and demographic information available from the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (DG-ECFIN), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The leaders of 29 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday (11 and 12 July 2018) for a Summit at the Alliance’s new headquarters. Together, they will take decisions to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence, step up in the fight against terrorism, and achieve fairer burden-sharing.
NATO Secretary General meeting with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission
On Tuesday, 10 July 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will be meeting the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker at the Residence Palace in Brussels to sign their Joint Declaration on NATO-EU Cooperation.
(UPDATED ADVISORY – 9 July 2018)
Visiting Madrid on Tuesday (3 July 2018), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to discuss preparations for the NATO Summit in Brussels next week.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Madrid on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 to meet the President of the Government, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, as part of the Secretary General's consultations with Allies in the run-up to the NATO Brussels Summit in July.
The Secretary General said that this is an historic opportunity which cannot be missed. He said that at the NATO Summit in two weeks, he expects that Allied Heads of State and Government will invite Skopje to start accession talks.
Three years after he took up his position as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, from the Czech Republic’s Armed Forces, handed over the highest NATO military position to his successor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, former Chief of Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces.
The Chairman of the Military Committee is the senior military advisor to the Secretary General, and the conduit through which advice from NATO’s Chiefs of Defence is presented to the political body of NATO, the North Atlantic Council.
On 28 June 2018 took place the closing ceremony of another NATO-sponsored project focused on the disposal of pesticides and dangerous chemicals in the Republic of Moldova.
Arriving at the European Council on Thursday (28 June 2018) the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he will be discussing NATO-EU cooperation with European leaders. He highlighted that NATO-EU cooperation is making a lot of progress and that both organisations are working together on migration, tackling the root causes and helping to stabilise the neighbourhood, including by training local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On Friday, 29 June 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹, H.E. Mr. Zoran Zaev.
On Thursday, 28 June 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the European Council.
NATO air forces must be able to defend against peer competitors and anticipate the growing role of cyber and space-based assets, according to a new NATO joint airpower strategy released on Tuesday (26 June 2018). While air power has played a central role in NATO’s collective defence and crisis management for decades, the strategy is the first of its kind since NATO was founded in 1949.
His Majesty the King of the Belgians bestowed upon Ambassador Csilla Wurtz the very high honour of Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II last Friday (22 June 2018). The ceremony was performed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Didier Reynders at the Delegation of Belgium at the new NATO Headquarters. NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller attended the ceremony and congratulated Ambassador Wurtz on this high achievement.
Visiting Luxembourg today (25 June 2018), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the Grand Duchy for its political, military and financial commitment to the Alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed strengthened cooperation between the EU and NATO ahead of a meeting with EU Defence Ministers on Monday (25 June 2018). The Secretary General noted that he will sign a new Joint Declaration with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission at the NATO Summit, setting out a shared vision for further cooperation.
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