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Cooperation between the EU and NATO

Cooperation between the EU and NATO has become deeper in the past few years. Collaborative work focuses for instance on:

  • Military mobility
  • Countering hybrid threats
  • Cyber security
  • Combating terrorism
  • Women, peace and security

During its Presidency, Finland will place emphasis on promoting EU-NATO relations as part of the work to further develop EU security and defence cooperation. One main area of cooperation relates to efforts to counter hybrid threats. The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki supports the EU and its member states as well as NATO and its member countries, and promotes closer cooperation between the EU and NATO with a view to responding to hybrid threats.

Guidelines for cooperation defined in joint declarations

Cooperation between the EU and NATO started over 15 years ago. Based on the joint declaration on cooperation signed at the NATO Warsaw Summit, in summer 2016 a decision was taken to deepen EU-NATO cooperation. In December 2016, the EU and NATO endorsed 42 concrete measures to implement the joint declaration, and in December 2017, both parties adopted 32 new measures to expand cooperation into new areas.

The NATO Summit in July 2018 took stock of progress achieved in EU-NATO cooperation, and a new declaration was signed. The new declaration includes a shared vision on how the EU and NATO will work together to counter common security threats. The declaration also stresses that the EU’s recent action to expedite cooperation in security and defence strengthens transatlantic security.

European External Action Service: Factsheet on EU-NATO cooperation 
European Council: NATO Summit, Warsaw, Poland, 8–9 July 2016 
European Council: NATO Summit, Brussels 11–12 July 2018 
European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats 

Inquiries

Heli Lehto, Desk Officer, Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, tel. +358 295 350 165, heli.lehto(at)formin.fi
Anu Apo, Desk Officer, Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management, tel. +358 295 350 103, anu.apo(at)formin.fi