NATO, EU sign declaration to intensify cooperation, fight security challenges

WARSAW, 8th July 2016 (WAM) —The European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) have signed an agreement to intensity military and security collaboration in an effort to fight “unprecedented” modern-day security challenges “emanating from the South and East”.

Under the joint declaration, the EU and NATO will exchange security data to fight conventional terrorism and cyber and hybrid threats.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed the joint EU-NATO declaration ahead of the opening ceremony of the NATO Warsaw Summit.

The joint declaration says: “Today, the Euro-Atlantic community is facing unprecedented challenges emanating from the South and East. Our citizens demand that we use all ways and means available to address these challenges so as to enhance their security.”

It also says that “it is an urgent need to boost our ability to counter hybrid threats, including by bolstering resilience, working together on analysis, prevention, and early detection, through timely information sharing and, to the extent possible, intelligence sharing between staffs; and cooperating on strategic communication and response.

Another urgent need for the EU and NATO is to “build the defence and security capacity and foster the resilience of our partners in the East and South in a complementary way through specific projects in a variety of areas for individual recipient countries, including by strengthening maritime capacity.”

NATO chief said the declaration was a “historic decision” which will foster close cooperation between the Alliance and the bloc.

“This historic decision will enable us to work even closer together and closer than ever before,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference.

The NATO summit is taking place in the Polish capital from 8-9 July.

According to the declaration, EU and NATO will also broaden and adapt their operational cooperation including at sea, and on migration, through increased sharing of maritime situational awareness as well as better coordination and mutual reinforcement of our activities in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.