|Updated: 24-Oct-2001||Week of 22-28 October 2001|
NATO-EU meeting on security cooperation
The 8th meeting of the North Atlantic Council - NATO's top decision-making body- and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union took place at NATO HQ on 23 October 2001.
The meeting, chaired by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and the Chairman of the Political and Security Committee of the EU, Ambassador Alexis Brouhns, mainly focused its discussions on NATO-EU security cooperation regarding three major issues: contributions to the global coalition against terrorism, the peace process in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and the progress made in arrangements for NATO-EU cooperation.
Ambassador Brouhns explained, during a joint press point with Lord Robertson, that they had discussed the measures each organisation was taking to fight terrorism following the 11 September attacks against the United States. They also stressed the successful cooperation of both organisations in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), where NATO forces are providing additional protection to EU and OSCE monitors. Ambassador Brouhns nonetheless stated that there still is "a need to increase pressure on all parties and put the parliamentary process on the right track." Regarding NATO-EU security cooperation, when questioned on permanent arrangements between the two organisations, Lord Robertson stated that progress "depends on the resolution of the participation issue of the non-EU countries that are members of NATO."