The Assembly’s contribution to NATO 2030 and recommendations for the 2021 NATO Summit

On 14 June 2021, NATO Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to discuss the full range of challenges to transatlantic security and chart the path for the Alliance’s adaptation over the next decade. The 30 Allied leaders are expected to adopt proposals made under the NATO 2030 initiative as well as launch an update of NATO’s Strategic Concept – the Alliance’s main strategic guiding document.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the NATO PA has actively contributed its ideas to the NATO 2030 reflection process, including in meetings with the independent Group of Experts as well as the NATO Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council. The Assembly also submitted concrete proposals for the NATO Summit. 

The Assembly’s Declaration 460, adopted in November 2020, laid out the Assembly’s main recommendations on how to adapt NATO for the next decade. Among other things, the Assembly called for:

  • Reaffirming the Alliance’s democratic foundations
  • Further enhancing collective deterrence and defence
  • Keeping a firm stance on Russia’s ongoing and unacceptable violations of international law and norms, including its illegal annexation of Crimea, while keeping the door open to meaningful dialogue 
  • Developing a transatlantic strategy on China
  • Continuing to address the terrorist threat
  • Giving the North Atlantic Council and the NATO Secretary General more leeway to address differences among Allies as well as emerging threats and challenges
  • Building up partnerships, including in the Asia-Pacific, and keeping the Alliance’s door open to new members
  • Keeping up defence spending and investment in emerging and disruptive technologies to maintain NATO’s technological edge and 
  • Fully recognising the security impact of climate change. 

NATO PA President, Gerald E. Connolly (United States), further elaborated on some of these priorities during his address at the Assembly’s online Spring Session in May 2021.

The Assembly puts particular emphasis on the need to strengthen NATO’s democratic foundations as a crucial precondition to prepare the Alliance for the changing security environment. It has proposed the establishment, within NATO Headquarters, of a Democratic Resilience Centre which would be tasked with monitoring threats to democracy and assisting Allies, upon request, to strengthen their resilience to these threats. 


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