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17 Feb. 2017

NATO Secretary General: need for transatlantic bond stronger than ever

Attending the Munich Security Conference on Friday and Saturday (17-18 February 2017), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the need for Europe and North America to work together was stronger than ever in times of turmoil and unpredictability. The Secretary General stressed the importance of fair burden-sharing, noting that all 28 Allies have made clear commitments to increase defence spending.

16 Feb. 2017

NATO Defence Ministers take steps to strengthen the Alliance

NATO Defence Ministers wrapped up two days of talks in Brussels on Thursday (16 February 2017), focused on the Alliance’s adaptation to a more demanding security environment.

16 Feb. 2017

Allies join multinational fleet of tanker-transport aircraft

NATO has taken another important step forward to improve its ability to refuel aircraft in mid-air, with three Allies looking to join a European programme to acquire new refuelling aircraft. Today (16 February 2017), Defence Ministers from Belgium, Germany, and Norway signed a Declaration of Intent to join a European multinational fleet of Airbus tankers, created by the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The two countries launched this initiative in July 2016 and a first order was made for two Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft, which are due to be delivered in 2020. The new agreement allows other Allies to join the programme with the provision to enlarge the fleet to up to eight aircraft.

16 Feb. 2017

NATO to enhance its presence in the Black Sea region

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined on Thursday (16 February 2017) how the Alliance will strengthen its air and maritime presence in the Black Sea region. The Secretary General also told a press conference that NATO was modernising its Command Structure in response to new security challenges.

16 Feb. 2017

NATO and Finland step up cyber defence cooperation

In the face of a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, strong partnerships play a key role in effectively addressing cyber challenges. Today (16 February 2017), NATO and Finland stepped up their engagement with the signing of a Political Framework Arrangement on cyber defence cooperation. The arrangement will allow NATO and Finland to better protect and improve the resilience of their networks.

15 Feb. 2017

Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic deepen defence ties

Today (15 February 2017), Defence Ministers from Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic signed arrangements to deepen defence ties. As part of this, the Czech Republic’s 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade and Romania’s 81st Mechanized Brigade will work closely with Germany’s 10 Armoured Division and Rapid Response Forces Division.

15 Feb. 2017

Defence Ministers agree on NATO Hub for the South

Defence Ministers agreed to create a new regional Hub for the South, based at NATO’s Joint Force Command in Naples, on Wednesday (15 February 2017). The Hub is one part of the Alliance’s response to threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa. Ministers also discussed NATO’s Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability and agreed to develop a follow-on capability for NATO AWACS planes after they retire around the year 2035.

15 Feb. 2017

Secretary General: NATO continues to adapt

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers on Wednesday (15 February 2017). Praising the US commitment to NATO, Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance will continue to adapt to evolving challenges, including terrorism, with fairer burden-sharing among Allies.

15 Feb. 2017

NATO Secretary General: We are all safer when we stand together

NATO Allies agreed on the importance of the transatlantic bond in facing key security challenges on Wednesday (15 February 2017). Addressing the media, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Ministers discussed the Alliance’s continuous adaption and how to sustain and speed up the positive momentum on defence spending.

14 Feb. 2017

Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Defence Ministers

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Tuesday (14 February 2017) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. On Wednesday and Thursday, Ministers will address the Alliance’s response to a more challenging world. “We will stress the importance of fair burden-sharing and higher defence spending,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He welcomed that defence spending among European Allies and Canada has increased by 3.8% in real terms in 2016, higher than expected. Ministers will also focus on the fight against terrorism, and threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa.

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