NATO PA President Michal Szczerba welcomes Sweden as 32nd member, highlights historic significance of NATO’s Open Door

07 March 2024

The President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), Michal Szczerba (Poland), released the following statement upon the accession of Sweden to NATO:

“Today, Sweden has become NATO’s 32nd Ally and a full member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

With Sweden, NATO and our Assembly have grown even stronger. At a time when Putin and his autocrat friends seek to undermine our democracies and rewrite the rules of the international order, Sweden has already proven it will be a staunch Ally and valued member of our unique transatlantic family. 

As NATO celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, our now 32 Allied governments and parliaments are united and determined. To shape NATO for the next generations – stronger than ever. To protect our democratic values. To stand with Ukraine until victory. To defend every inch of Allied territory. 

Next week, my country, Poland, marks 25 years since our own accession to NATO, alongside Hungary and the Czech Republic. We were able to choose our destiny and join the most powerful alliance in modern history. We have a historic responsibility to continue to support and welcome those nations in Europe who aspire to join NATO. Today, Sweden. And next, Ukraine.

I want to wholeheartedly congratulate our colleagues from the Swedish Riksdag and the people of Sweden on this historic day. 

I would like to thank Assembly members for, once again, championing the accession process in their national parliaments. And I want to thank all Allied parliaments for their ratification. 

I look forward to welcoming Hans Wallmark and the Swedish delegation as full members at the NATO PA during our next Standing Committee meeting in Tallinn later this month.”

The Swedish Riksdag has been a NATO PA partner since 1999 – first as a parliamentary observer delegation and since 2003 as an associate member delegation. With Sweden’s accession to NATO, today it becomes a full member of the NATO PA.
Sweden handed its official letter of application to join NATO over to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on 18 May 2022, on the same day as Finland. NATO Heads of State and Government extended an invitation to Finland and Sweden to join the Alliance at the Madrid Summit on 29 June 2022. The accession protocols for both countries were signed on 5 July 2022 after completion of accession talks. These protocols were ratified by all Allies, according to their national procedures. 

As it has done with past accessions, the NATO PA, which brings together leading members of parliament from all NATO member countries, has been monitoring and encouraging prompt ratification of Sweden’s accession in Allied parliaments.

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