I write after the NATO Summit in Warsaw, an opportunity to discuss our common security together with our partners – in particular with Barack Obama and with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, ahead of next autumn’s meeting in Brussels on the future of Afghanistan. But the Warsaw Summit was first and foremost an important moment in the relationship between the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance. For the first time ever, we signed a joint declaration on the next steps towards an ever closer cooperation.
We will focus our collaboration on three areas: hybrid threats, which require more than a military response only; maritime security in the Mediterranean – not just in the Aegean, where we are already working together against human traffickers, but also in the central Mediterranean, where our Operation Sophia is deployed; and on building the capacities of our neighbours, to the east and to the south, to help them become more autonomous in their self defence. On all these issues, I am in charge of following the concrete implementation of our cooperation on the EU side.
The security of our citizens, in today’s world, requires military capabilities as much as soft power. Our Union needs to get stronger on both sides, as our Global Strategy affirms very clearly. Over the last two days in Warsaw – together with European leaders, with President Obama, with my friend Jens Stoltenberg and all NATO partners – we restated that a stronger European Union can only benefit the Atlantic Alliance, as well as the security of our citizens and of the whole world.