A unique opportunity to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation

Since 2020, the EU has been reflecting on the future of its security and defence policy. This reflection has taken place in the framework of the Strategic Compass process, which seeks to strengthen the Union’s ability to achieve its level of ambition in security and defence and set new goals and targets for the coming years.

A first draft of the Compass was presented to the EU Council by High Representative Josep Borrell on 15 November. EU countries are now negotiating the document’s final content to adopt it in March 2022. The European External Action Service is expected to present a revised draft by mid-January and another one in February.

On the other side of Brussels, NATO is engaged in a parallel reflection process of its own. In June, NATO leaders tasked Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to lead the development of the Alliance’s next Strategic Concept, which outlines NATO’s overall tasks and objectives.e

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