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Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini upon arrival at the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting

Bruxelles, 04/10/2018 - 12:12, UNIQUE ID: 181004_7

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting

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Good morning.

It is a pleasure for me to be back for the first Ministerial Meeting after the NATO Summit and the second Joint Declaration that we signed during this Summit between the European Union and NATO.

Since then, as in the last years, we have kept regular attendances, both of [NATO Secretary General] Jens Stoltenberg to our Ministerial Meetings and of myself to the Ministerial Meetings in NATO and we are keeping this tradition.

Today, we will discuss several issues that we deal with together, the EU and NATO. We have currently 74 projects that we are doing together. We will review the state of implementation of them and mainly our work on cyber, hybrid threats and on military mobility, but also the work that we do in the South.

So I expect, as usual, a very constructive session and it will be another step in strengthening EU-NATO cooperation that in these last couple of years has become stronger than ever in history. 


Q: What kind of action are you expecting to be taken on cyber-attacks?

On the European Union side, we are strengthening our work on cyber-attacks on all different levels and we are doing so in coordination with NATO. Member States are fully motivated in doing that.

We are reviewing right now the policies in the European Union to be even more effective. And I know that on the NATO side there is also a lot of attention on that. We are coordinating the measures that we are upgrading now.

Q: On a EU offensive cyber capabilities programme.
We are currently reviewing all our strategies on cyber. As you know that covers many different fields – some of them are in my competences, some others are not. This is a work we are doing jointly with the Commission and the Commission is responsible for digital issues. And, obviously, there is a security part that I am doing in coordination with NATO and we will discuss that further today.

Q: What is the timeframe for this work to be finalised?

I think in a couple of months. I guess it will be ready by December, but work is still ongoing.