NATO Heads of State and Government take decisions to keep North America and Europe safe and secure

Allied Heads of State and Government met in Brussels on Wednesday (11 July 2018) and agreed to further strengthen NATO’s defense and deterrence, step up its role in the fight against terrorism and share the burden of security more fairly. Speaking on the first day of the Summit at NATO Headquarters, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The decisions we have made today show that Europe and North America are working together. NATO is delivering and we are determined to keep our almost one billion citizens safe and secure.” The twenty…

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NATO Secretary General: the transatlantic bond keeps us strong and secure

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gave a pre-Summit address on Thursday (21 June 2018) in which he explained the importance of the transatlantic bond and how it is being strengthened in NATO. Speaking at Lancaster House in London, Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted how defence ties between North America and Europe have grown closer. He also explained how the principle at the heart of Alliance remains strong, “Again and again, we unite around our common goal. We stand together. We protect each other.” NATO’s 29 Heads of State and Government will meet in…

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Shipping industry presses to undermine European Ship Recycling Regulation

On Monday, the EU member states’ experts on ship recycling met in Brussels to discuss the latest developments, six months ahead of the application of the 2013 Ship Recycling Regulation. With the recent decision by the Chinese government to stop the import of end-of-life ships for scrapping, the shipping industry is quick to lament that there will not be enough recycling capacity and that there will be too few options for them under the EU List of approved recycling facilities. The industry claims that the standard set by the EU…

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Payne Attends NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne attended NATO Defence Ministers’ meetings and a series of bilateral engagements in Brussels on 8 and 9 June. Minister Payne attended a session on the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. Minister Payne said the meetings were important for advancing Australia’s strategic interests in a forum of likeminded partners committed to upholding the rules-based global order. “I am very pleased with the discussions at NATO Headquarters today. The…

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Belgium and the Netherlands ratify the purchase of naval vessels

Google Translation The Netherlands and Belgium jointly purchase multipurpose frigates and mine control vessels. On June 8th, Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and her Belgian colleague Steven Vandeput take the next step with the signing of 2 Memoranda of Understanding. This happened in the margins of the 2-day NATO meeting that took place in Brussels since yesterday. The government recently announced that it replaced the M-frigates and mine-fighting vessels. Belgium takes the lead in the purchase of the 12 mine-fighting vessels, of which 6 for the Netherlands, and the associated unmanned systems.…

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NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council met at Ambassadorial level in Brussels on Thursday (31 May 2018). The NATO-Russia Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, transparency and risk reduction, as well as asymmetric techniques as aspects of doctrine and strategy. NATO and Russia both briefed on major upcoming exercises. NATO’s approach to Russia is consistent. Practical cooperation was suspended in 2014 due to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. At the same time, channels for political dialogue are open and…

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Britain Pledges 100 Bureaucrats to NATO

Speaking at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson set out his ambition for a modern NATO that delivers on its commitments. Mr Williamson signaled that the UK will meet its commitments, including an uplift of around one hundred personnel in our contribution to NATO’s modernized Command Structure – the precise numbers will be determined through further work between now and the Summit. This will help to ensure that NATO can meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “NATO…

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NATO Secretary General discusses Alliance priorities and adaptation with senior commanders

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended the Commander’s Conference at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe today (30 November 2017). Hosted by General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the Secretary General and NATO’s military leaders spoke about the Alliance’s continuing adaptation to meet today’s security challenges.

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