|Updated: 23-Jun-2003||NATO Speeches|
22 Sept. 2003
NATO Secretary General designate
The appointment can also be considered a sign of appreciation for the constructive approach taken by the Netherlands both to strengthening the transatlantic relationship and to developing a European Security and Defence Policy as an indispensable complement to the Alliance's security policy.
On the occasion of his appointment, Mr De Hoop Scheffer would like to pay a special tribute to NATO's current Secretary General, Lord Robertson, who, on 1 January 2004, will pass on the reins of an efficient and top-quality organisation that is prepared to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.