News: NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of “strategic solidarity” between Europe and North America, 10-Oct-2022

Speaking at a European Union budget conference in Brussels on Monday October 10, 2022, Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană called for “strategic solidarity” between Europe and North America as the best response to a more dangerous and unpredictable security environment.

Mr Geoană praised the close cooperation between NATO and the EU, pointing out that 600 million Europeans already live in a NATO country and that once Finland and Sweden join NATO, 96% of the EU population will be protected by the Alliance. NATO and the EU are working even more closely than ever after Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, coordinating political, military and economic responses. In a world of growing strategic competition and increasingly complex threats and challenges, including terrorism, climate change, new technologies and China’s coercive policies, Europe and North America must deepen their cooperation and do even more together, Mr. Geoană added.

The Deputy Secretary General was speaking at the European Commission’s annual EU budget conference alongside Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Rasa Juknevičienė, Vice-Chair of the Security and Defense Sub-Committee of the European Parliament, and Alessandro Profumo, director general of the Italian defense company Leonardo. The session was moderated by Paola Tamma, European economics journalist for Politico.

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