European Security Seminar-EU-NATO Cooperation (ESS-EU/NATO)
“EU-NATO Cooperation: What’s in it for EU and NATO Member States? What’s in it for Partners?”
11-15 January, 2021 / Course language: English
On 8 July 2016, The President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, together with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization signed a Joint Declaration on 8 July 2016 in Warsaw. The reasoning behind this Declaration was that the current strategic environment, with unprecedented challenges emanating from the South and the East, calls for cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 10 July 2018, a subsequent Declaration was signed in Brussels calling for swift and demonstrable progress in implementation. Altogether 74 concrete actions are under implementation in seven agreed areas of cooperation.
The 2016 Declaration outlined seven concrete areas where cooperation between the two organizations should be enhanced: Countering hybrid threats, Operational cooperation including at sea and on migration, Cyber security and defense, Defense capabilities, Defense industry and research, Exercises, Supporting Eastern and Southern partners’ capacity-building efforts.
In the meantime, several informal work relationships have been established between NATO and EU to address these 74 action points across those seven fields. The seminar will provide valuable insights from involved actors regarding where cooperation develops smoothly, and where it does not. What are the challenges for member states countries? And which fields of cooperation are of interest to those partner countries facing direct challenges by Moscow and radical non-state actors? How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact EU/NATO cooperation?
The Seminar (11 JAN 21 – 15 JAN 21)
For the first time, a one-week seminar will elaborate what this new impetus and new substance of EU-NATO strategic partnership means for 21 countries which are EU and NATO member states, those which are solely NATO or EU members, and befriended countries along Europe’s southern and eastern flanks. The seminar will provide valuable insights from high-level speakers on the impact of this new format of strategic partnership in light of Great Power Competition. It will also involve Brussels-based officials to discuss in which areas cooperation develops smoothly, and where it does not. It will also explore- What are the challenges for member states countries? Which fields of cooperation are of interest to those partner countries facing direct challenges by revisionist powers?
Participants will be invited from the EU Eastern Partnership, NATO PfP Eastern EU/NATO members and Nordic partners to form a network of Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian strategic experts and institutions.
Objectives & Outcome
- Understand what the new impetus and substance of EU-NATO strategic partnership means to the EU and NATO member states, those who are solely NATO or EU member, and befriended countries along Europe’s southern and eastern flanks.
- Identify selected concrete areas where cooperation between the EU and NATO organizations should be enhanced, namely countering hybrid threats, defense capabilities and military mobility.
- Identify how NATO, the EU, Germany and the USA strengthen the capacity and capability of its neighbors and potential EU and NATO partners, while being mindful of constant hostile interferences by revisionist powers and the multi-faceted challenges by the COVID-19 pandemic to our societies.
The Format will be conference-style lectures and panel discussions, as well as outcome-oriented/product driven seminars.
George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies