NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses transatlantic partnership at Brussels Forum
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller addressed NATO’s transatlantic partnership at the annual Brussels Forum conference on Thursday (8 March 2018). She took part in a panel discussion entitled “Rebuild Transatlantic Trust”, together with representatives from government and business.
The Deputy Secretary General stressed the importance of the transatlantic bond, noting that troops from North America and Europe currently serve together in NATO’s four battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, helping to deter aggression. “In the field, on the ground, we see the essence of transatlantic trust,” she said.
She underscored that NATO is focused on transatlantic burden-sharing, and many European Allies have stopped cutting their defence spending, and are stepping up their contributions to Alliance security. On European defence, she stressed the need for complementarity between NATO and EU efforts.
Organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Brussels Forum brings together political, economic and intellectual leaders from Europe and America to discuss key challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic area.