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Brussels, 15 February 2019 – Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will gather in Brussels on 18-20 February to meet leading NATO and EU officials to discuss and review the key priorities for the Alliance in this anniversary year marking 70 years since the founding of NATO. NATO adaptation and enlargement, the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and relations with the European Union (EU) are likely to top legislators’ agenda.
Taking place just days after NATO Defence Ministers reaffirmed their condemnation of Russia’s violation of the INF and reviewed progress regarding defence budgets, force readiness and operations, the NATO PA’s meeting will open on Monday 18 February with the Annual Joint Meeting between Assembly heads of delegation and Ambassadors to the North Atlantic Council (NAC) under the joint chairmanship of NATO PA President Madeleine Moon (UK) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“NATO’s 70th anniversary offers an important opportunity to remind our citizens – and particularly our youth – of the ongoing relevance and value of NATO for them, not just in terms of hard security, but also, in promoting science and technology, environmental, economic and civilian aspects of security and in defending the values which form the bedrock of our Alliance”, Ms Moon declared ahead of the meeting.
Over the three days, some 130 legislators from the 29 NATO countries will meet with top NATO and EU officials, including NATO Assistant Secretary Generals Alejandro Alvargonzález, John Manza, and Camille Grand, and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. NATO parliamentarians will be joined by their colleagues from the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. Allies signed the country’s accession protocol to NATO on 6 February, paving the way for it to become the Alliance’s 30th member.
Allied legislators are also expected to discuss progress in reaching NATO’s defence spending and capability targets, plans to evolve NATO’s current operations, and NATO-EU cooperation in combating disinformation.
On Wednesday, NATO PA leaders will meet with their Georgian counterparts in the framework of the Georgia-NATO Interparliamentary Council – the NATO PA’s dedicated forum for cooperation with Georgia – to review Georgia’s progress regarding reforms and Euro-Atlantic integration.
These events are not public. There will be no media opportunity.
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