Deputy Secretary General discusses European security and NATO-EU cooperation in Prague

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NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller called for increased complementarity between the European Union and NATO in tackling today’s security challenges at the Defence and Security Conference, held today (09 June). At the event held in Prague, she spoke alongside Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

Military Committee welcomes newest member, Montenegro

2 months 2 weeks ago
Just thirteen months after the signature of its Accession Protocol, Montenegro officially became NATO’s 29th Allied Nation. Across the Alliance, NATO welcomed its newest member. The Military Committee and its Chairman, General Petr Pavel, also marked this significant event during their first meeting with Montenegro, no longer an “Invitee” but a full-fledged Ally.

Flag-raising ceremony marks Montenegro’s entry into NATO

2 months 2 weeks ago
The flag of Montenegro was raised at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (7 June 2017) in a special ceremony to mark the country’s accession to NATO. Flag raising ceremonies were also held simultaneously at Allied Command Operations (SHAPE) in Mons and Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. Montenegro became the 29th member of the Alliance on Monday (5 June 2017) when it deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC.

NATO Secretary General honoured by Atlantic Council for International Leadership

2 months 2 weeks ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was honoured by the Atlantic Council on Monday (5 June 2017) with a Distinguished International Leadership Award for his service both as Secretary General and as Prime Minister of Norway. At the awards ceremony in Washington DC, the Secretary General called on Europe and North America to ''keep our Alliance strong.''

Montenegro joins NATO as 29th Ally

2 months 2 weeks ago
Montenegro became NATO’s newest member on Monday (5 June 2017), upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the US State Department in Washington DC. At a ceremony marking the occasion, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that Montenegro’s accession to the Alliance contributes to international peace and security, and sends a strong signal that NATO’s door remains open. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Duško Marković and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srdjan Darmanović and was hosted by the United States Undersecretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon.

Annual conference on gender perspectives

2 months 3 weeks ago
Gender representatives from NATO member states, partner countries, international organisations and academia came together for the annual conference of the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives from 30 May to 2 June 2017. This year’s theme was “Beyond the Stereotypes – Integrating Gender Perspectives in Projecting Stability”.

NATO Secretary General to visit the United States

2 months 3 weeks ago
On Monday, 5 June 2017, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, will join the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Duško Marković, and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Tom Shannon, at a ceremony at the State Department for the Deposit of Montenegro’s Instrument of Accession to NATO, formally triggering Montenegro’s membership in the Alliance.

NATO Secretary General congratulates Prime Minister Zaev

2 months 3 weeks ago
I spoke with Prime Minister Zaev today and congratulated him on his new responsibilities. We agreed on the importance of addressing urgently needed reforms, including on good governance and the rule of law. These reforms will benefit all citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹, and will further advance the country’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

NATO Senior Civilian takes up office in Iraq

2 months 3 weeks ago
NATO marked an important step in its deepening relations with Baghdad on Thursday (1 June 2017), as Mr. Paul Smith of the United Kingdom assumed office as NATO Senior Civilian in Iraq. Mr. Smith will represent the NATO Secretary General and the Alliance at large, as NATO continues to help strengthen the Iraqi security institutions in their fight against terrorism. Mr. Smith succeeds Mr. Richard Froh of Canada, who served in the same capacity over the past months.

NATO IMS and EUMS Senior Military Officials meet to enhance EU-NATO cooperation

2 months 3 weeks ago
Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DG IMS) and Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen, Director General of the European Union Military Staff (DG EUMS) co-chaired the EUMS-NATO IMS Director Generals’ Conference on 29 May 17 at the NATO Headquarters. The purpose of the Conference was to provide guidance on further enhancing ongoing informal staff-to-staff cooperation between IMS and EUMS.

NATO celebrates 50 years in Brunssum

2 months 3 weeks ago
Today (31 May 2017), NATO personnel joined local citizens in celebrating 50 years since the Alliance first came to Brunssum, the Netherlands. Allied Joint Force Command headquarters in Brunssum provides operational control of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, oversees command of NATO’s Response Force, and oversees NATO’s new enhanced forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. Numerous Dutch dignitaries attended the ceremony, led by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Theo Bovens, Governor of Limburg, were also in attendance. NATO was represented by Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, as well as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti.

Deepening defence education with partners

2 months 3 weeks ago
As part of cooperative security and projecting stability, NATO supports partners in sustaining institutional reform through defence education. To better address the specific needs of partners in further developing the capacity of their defence institutions through NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme, the sixth Functional Clearing-House on Defence Education was convened on 15 to 17 May 2017 in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

Finland hosts annual NATO conference on proliferation challenges

2 months 3 weeks ago
More than 100 high-level officials and experts from over 50 countries and international organisations met in Helsinki from 29 to 30 May 2017 to discuss multilateral non-proliferation regimes and initiatives in view of a changing security environment. They also addressed regional proliferation challenges in the Middle East and in Asia, as well as NATO’s policies and other international organisations’ efforts in the area of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) arms control and disarmament.
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