Updated: 27-Mar-2002 Week of 18-24 March 2002

22 March 2002

Lord Robertson attends
EU Defence Ministers' meeting

Lord Robertson was invited to the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Saragoza on 22-23 March to discuss current issues, such as terrorism and Europe's military capabilities. They also discussed the proposal of EU Heads of State and Government at their Summit meeting in Barcelona on 15-16 March, to take over from NATO's Task Force Fox in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), after elections in the country and as soon as a "permanent arrangement with NATO" on modalities for cooperation have been reached.

During the meetings, participants were able to exchange information on a number of other security developments, including NATO-EU relations and issues of common interest to both organisations. NATO and EU representatives will next meet on 14 May at the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Additional information:
  • NATO Handbook: NATO-EU Relations
  • Webmodule on Operation Amber Fox containing transcripts of press conferences, press releases, speeches,...
  • NATO Meetings: NATO Foreign MInisters Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland - 14-15 May 2002
  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.