NATO reflection process: Secretary General’s first meeting with the group of experts

  • 08 Apr. 2020 -
  • |
  • Last updated: 09 Jun. 2020 11:52

Today (08 April 2020), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held his first meeting with the group of experts supporting his work on a reflection process to further strengthen NATO’s political dimension. The meeting, held by video-conference, was an opportunity for the Secretary General and the experts to exchange initial views on their work for the coming weeks and months. The group, co-chaired by Thomas de Maizière and Wess Mitchell, is scheduled to meet by video-conference with the North Atlantic Council on 22 April 2020.

In the meeting, the Secretary General stressed that NATO is strong, it adapts to the changing security environment and delivers on its military responsibilities. The reflection process is about making NATO even stronger and enhancing its ability to deal with current and future challenges.

Following the decision by NATO leaders last December to initiate a forward-looking reflection process, the Secretary General appointed the 10 members of the group on 31 March 2020. Five women and five men will work under the auspices of the Secretary General and offer recommendations to reinforce Alliance unity, increase political consultation and coordination between Allies, and strengthen NATO’s political role.