Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Allied Heads of State and Government to NATO Headquarters for the 2018 Brussels Summit on Wednesday (11 July 2018). At a ceremony to mark the start of the meeting, Mr. Stoltenberg outlined NATO’s achievements in building peace and security and praised the professionalism and dedication of the Alliance’s armed forces.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, met with President Trump at the US Official Residence ahead of the NATO Summit on Wednesday (11 July 2018). They discussed the summit agenda, including raising readiness, stepping up the fight against terrorism, and fair burden sharing.
Speaking ahead of the Brussels Summit on Wednesday (11 July 2018) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Allies will deliver on fairer burden-sharing. Mr. Stoltenberg said European Allies and Canada are expected to spend an extra $266 billion on defence between now and 2024. Mr. Stoltenberg also explained how leaders will take decisions to increase the readiness of Allies forces, modernize NATO’s Command Structure, and do more in the fight against terrorism.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shared his views on the Summit at “NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue'' on Wednesday (11 July 2018). Speaking at the conference of world leaders and security experts, Mr. Stoltenberg explained the importance of the 2018 Brussels Summit and how Allied Heads of State and Government will take decisions to preserve peace and security for North America and Europe.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met in Brussels today (10 July 2018) to sign a new Joint Declaration on cooperation between NATO and the European Union. "Facing a complex and uncertain security environment, we must work together to keep our nations and citizens safe. And that is exactly what we are doing," said Mr. Stoltenberg.
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.
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