NATO Latest Newshttp://www.nato.intWhat´s new at NATO Headquarters?enNATODefence Ministers meetingshttp://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162470.htm16247018 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General thanks EUROCONTROL for continued cooperationNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) on Friday (18 January 2019) to meet Director General Eamonn Brennan and reaffirm the close collaboration between the two organisations.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162475.htm16247518 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Deputy Secretary General to visit IsraelThe NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will be travelling to Israel on Sunday, 20 January and Monday 21 January 2019 for meetings with senior government officials.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162490.htm16249018 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to visit EUROCONTROL The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will pay a visit to EUROCONTROL on Friday, 18 January 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162461.htm16246117 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTUS and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groupsA US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity." Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group from the new flagship, the USS Gravely. At the same ceremony, the Royal Danish Navy’s Commander Peter Krogh took command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group (SNMCMG) 1, succeeding a Belgian Navy commander.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162393.htm16239316 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Chief of Defence of UkraineOn Tuesday, 15 January 2019, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will meet the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Viktor Muzhenko, in the margins of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162115.htm16211514 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTAlgerian academics visit NATO HeadquartersOn the 10th and 11th of January, a group of distinguished Algerian academics and university professors visited NATO Headquarters in the framework of our public diplomacy activity.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_162258.htm16225811 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTPoland takes over NATO air policing mission in Baltic statesThe Polish air force on Thursday (3 January 2019) took over the lead for NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltic states from the Belgian Air Force. In a ceremony at Lithuania’s Šiauliai airbase General Tod Wolters, Commander Allied Air Command welcomed the Polish Air Force detachment and commended the Belgian Air Force for having kept the Baltic airspace safe during their four months tour.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161981.htm16198103 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTGermany steps up to lead NATO high readiness forceGerman forces on Tuesday (1 January 2019) took the lead for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), providing thousands of soldiers to be on standby and ready to deploy within days. Germany takes over from Italy, which provided the VJTF lead brigade in 2018.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161796.htm16179601 Jan. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO agrees 2019 civil and military budgets for further adaptationNATO Allies have agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Tuesday (18 December 2018), Allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019. All member countries contribute to these budgets, according to an agreed cost-sharing formula based on Gross National Income. In the face of a more demanding security environment, NATO continues to adapt – including through the modernization of the NATO Command Structure, and a functional review of the Alliance’s Headquarters in Brussels.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161633.htm16163319 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTStatement by the NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu on the Secretary General‎'s phone call with Mr HaradinajNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call today with Mr Ramush Haradinaj of Kosovo. He informed Mr Haradinaj that the North Atlantic Council had an initial discussion on the recently adopted laws on the transition of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). The Secretary General informed Mr Haradinaj that, as the mandate of the KSF is evolving, the North Atlantic Council will re-examine NATO’s level of engagement with the KSF in the new year. NATO will continue its KFOR mission to ensure a safe and secure environment in Kosovo. KFOR operates under a UN mandate and will not be affected by the laws on the transition of KSF. The Secretary General will continue his engagement with all actors relevant for regional stability.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161722.htm16172219 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTNorway, Switzerland, the UK and EU sign Building Integrity arrangement for 2019-2022 with NATOOn 17 December 2018, representatives from Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the European Union, as well as Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, signed the Building Integrity (BI) Executing Agent Arrangement for the fourth phase of the BI Trust Fund for 2019-2022.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161714.htm16171418 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Minister of National Defence of RomaniaOn Tuesday 18 December 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Minister of National Defence of Romania, Mr. Gabriel-Beniamin Les at NATO Headquarters.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161677.htm16167717 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO by the Vice-Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of UkraineOn Tuesday, 18 December 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Vice-Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Ms. Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161673.htm16167317 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTAllies and Partners address critical infrastructure as a key enabler to enhance resilienceOfficials and experts from NATO Allies and partner countries met at NATO Headquarters on 10 December 2018 to discuss critical infrastructure interdependencies across NATO’s seven resilience baselines. These include energy; communications; food and water; transportation; mass casualties; population movements; and continuity of government services.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161675.htm16167517 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTStatement by the NATO Secretary General on the adoption of the laws on the transition of the Kosovo Security ForceToday, the Institutions in Kosovo have announced the adoption of the three laws initiating the process of transition of the Kosovo Security Force.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161631.htm16163114 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTDeputy Secretary General thanks Albania for contributions to NATODeputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller visited Tirana on Friday (14 December 2018), thanking Prime Minister Edi Rama for Albania's valuable contributions to NATO. In a press point with Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka, Ms. Gottemoeller praised Albania's contributions in Kosovo and Afghanistan, as well as in NATO's multinational battlegroup in Latvia. She stressed that NATO is committed to Albania's security, including with plans for a fifty-million Euro investment at Kuçovë Air Base. While in Tirana, Ms. Gottemoeller also met with Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and other senior officials.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161649.htm16164914 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General and President Poroshenko discuss developments in and around the Sea of AzovNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met on Thursday (13 December 2018) to discuss developments in and around the Sea of Azov and the Alliance’s strong support for Ukraine. Mr. Stoltenberg reaffirmed NATO’s full support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, noting that NATO has stepped up its presence in the Black Sea region over the past few years and will continue to assess its posture.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161117.htm16111713 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTNATO Deputy Secretary General visit to the Republic of Albania The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will travel to Tirana on Thursday, 13 December and Friday, 14 December 2018.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161552.htm16155212 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMTVisit to NATO HQ by the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan ReconciliationOn Thursday, 13 December 2018, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_161533.htm16153312 Dec. 2018 12:00:00 GMT