The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Zaev on Thursday 12 July 2018 for a ceremony marking the beginning of accession talks with Skopje.
The NATO Summit in Brussels wrapped up on Thursday (12 July 2018), following two days of decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence, step up in the fight against terrorism and ensure fairer burden-sharing among all Allies. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO embodies the vital bond between Europe and North America. “Our decisions at the Brussels Summit show that, as the world changes, Europe and North America stand together and act together in NATO,” he said.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, met with the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, at the NATO Summit on Thursday (12 July 2018). They discussed the close partnership between NATO and Georgia and Black Sea security issues.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated NATO’s strong support for Ukraine ahead of a meeting of Allied leaders with Ukraine and Georgia at the Brussels Summit (12 July 2018).
Under the leadership of Belgium, the Defence Ministers of 16 Allies¹ and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia² signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Land Battle Decisive Munitions (LBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). The Defence Ministers of Austria and Finland will also sign the MOU immediately following the NATO Summit.
Allied Heads of State and Government met in Brussels on Wednesday (11 July 2018) and agreed to further strengthen NATO’s defence and deterrence, step up its role in the fight against terrorism and share the burden of security more fairly. Speaking on the first day of the Summit at NATO Headquarters, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The decisions we have made today show that Europe and North America are working together. NATO is delivering and we are determined to keep our almost one billion citizens safe and secure.”
On the first day of the Brussels Summit (11 July 2018), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg escorted 29 NATO heads of state and government through an exhibition of NATO’s nearly 70-year history. The walkthrough took place in the Agora, the large central hall in NATO’s new headquarters building.
Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.
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.
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