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EU: Co-operation with NATO

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will table at the next appropriate European Union Council meeting, and at the forthcoming summit, suggestions to improve practical co-operation between NATO and European Union military operations; and what specific proposals they will consider. [HL682]

Within the context of European security, the Government place a high priority on improving EU-NATO relations. While this issue is not on the formal agenda of the forthcoming European Council, the Government are engaged in initiatives to ensure that the two organisations can work effectively together. Much of the work is focused on ensuring that the organisations can co-operate effectively on the ground, particularly in light of potential future EU missions to Kosovo and Afghanistan. The Government support the incoming German presidency mandate to continue to develop the EU-NATO strategic partnership in crisis management.