Statement of the NATO PA Standing Committee on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of The North Atlantic Alliance

24 March 2024

On 4 April 1949, the leaders of 12 nations in Europe and North America made a solemn pledge to defend each other and their shared values. Today, with Sweden’s accession, which we wholeheartedly welcome, we are 32 Allies. 

For 75 years, NATO has succeeded throughout all shifts in the security environment because it is defined not by what it stands against but by what it stands for – the defence of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. 

For 75 years, our unique commitment to collective defence enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty has helped prevent an armed attack against Allies. 

As Allies face a new era of strategic competition and their greatest test in a generation, NATO is and remains the cornerstone and indispensable guarantor of Europe’s and North America’s security.

Those who wish us harm will not succeed. The transatlantic Alliance is strong and united. 

As NATO parliamentarians, representing the one billion citizens of the Alliance, we are determined to play our part in shaping the Alliance for the next generations. An Alliance of democracies, with a Democratic Resilience Centre at its Headquarters. An Alliance determined to defend every inch of Allied territory, at 360°, at all times, under Article 5, against state threats as well as against terrorism. An Alliance committed to standing with Ukraine until victory. And an Alliance which fairly shares the benefits, burdens and responsibilities for our security.

Photos © Erik Peinar, courtesy of the Riigikogu

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