Today, the HR/VP Federica Mogherini met with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, in the margins of the Munich Security Conference 2016. They discussed recent developments on a range of issues following up their last meeting in Amsterdam one week ago. They also worked on the coordination between the EU and NATO on NATO’s recent response to the joint request by Germany, Greece and Turkey to contribute to fighting illegal trafficking within the Aegean Sea.
HR/VP Mogherini informed NATO’s Secretary General Stoltenberg of the decision to establish an EU cell to facilitate clear coordination arrangements and ensure effective cooperation with NATO at all levels.
The HR/VP underlined that the EU is ready to share with NATO the experience it has gained through Operation EUNAVFOR Med Sophia and that appropriate operational contacts will be established.
They also agreed that the exchange of information and coordination with Frontex will also be essential.
The HR/VP Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will stay in close and regular contact.